Cases and Places: A Field-Based Approach to Teaching Natural Resource and Environmental Law

15 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2018 Last revised: 8 May 2019

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Karrigan Bork

UC Davis School of Law

Kurtis Burmeister

University of the Pacific (UOP) - Geological and Environmental Sciences

Date Written: July 1, 2018

Abstract

Field-based environmental law courses offer a better approach to introducing students to the field of environmental law. Although only about five percent of ABA approved law schools offer field-based environmental law courses. At their best, these courses address many of the shortcomings of a traditional approach to environmental law by improving student learning, providing students with context for the real-world impacts of environmental law, providing an interdisciplinary approach to legal education, improving student well-being, and meeting effective student learning outcomes (i.e. helping them to care about environmental law). This article highlights one such course and provides a brief overview of the benefits of these courses more generally in order to encourage broader adoption of a pedagogical approach built around field experiences as a tool for teaching environmental and natural resources law.

Keywords: Environmental Law, Legal Education, Field Courses, Field Studies, Natural Resources, Environmental Law

Suggested Citation

Bork, Karrigan and Burmeister, Kurtis, Cases and Places: A Field-Based Approach to Teaching Natural Resource and Environmental Law (July 1, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3253986 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3253986

Karrigan Bork (Contact Author)

UC Davis School of Law ( email )

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Davis, CA CA 95616-5201
United States
202-271-9392 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://law.ucdavis.edu/faculty/bork/

Kurtis Burmeister

University of the Pacific (UOP) - Geological and Environmental Sciences ( email )

Stockton, CA
United States

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