Teaching Law Students About Sprawl

51 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2006

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Michael Lewyn

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Date Written: January 2006


In the fall of 2004, I taught a seminar on The Law of Sprawl at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Law. This essay seeks to guide would-be teachers of a course on sprawl by showing how I taught the course. Specifically, the article asserts that a seminar on sprawl belongs in law school curricula as well as planning school curricula, because a wide variety of legal rules contribute to sprawl. The article then goes on to discuss those legal rules and how I addressed them in my course. For example, the article discusses land use regulations that encourage automobile-dependent development, as well as state and federal highway, housing and education policies that favored suburbs over cities. As to each issue, the seminar addressed not only sprawl-producing government policies, but case law that upheld (or, in some cases, challenged) those policies.

Suggested Citation

Lewyn, Michael, Teaching Law Students About Sprawl (January 2006). GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 182. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=873900 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.873900

Michael Lewyn (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

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