Water Law (3 credits)

This course introduces the major doctrines, themes, and conflicts in water law.  In the first half of the course, we will explore the primary doctrines of private water allocation in the eastern and western United States—riparian rights, prior appropriations, and the hybrid systems in a few states that incorporate elements of both.  In the second half of the course, we will explore more advanced water law and policy topics, including the management of groundwater, constitutional issues, the public trust doctrine, interjurisdictional conflicts, federal water rights, and water markets, as time allows.  Because the course relies heavily on a collaborative learning model, final grades will be based on both the final exam and class participation. Prerequisites: None.