Course Description

Acquire a basic knowledge of environmental law. This course provides an overview of federal, state and local environmental law. Topics include:

• Sources of relevant legal authority and how to conduct effective and efficient legal research

• The role of the Constitution, the Executive, administrative agencies, and the courts in environmental law

• Federal, state and local environmental statutes and the agencies that enforce them

• Administrative Agency rule-making, investigations, enforcement and adjudication procedures

• Environmental litigation

• Land use planning and environmental sustainability

• International environmental law

Learner Outcomes

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

• Compose a search query for online legal research

• Explain the function of administrative agencies

• Identify the federal agencies and the federal laws that include environmental protection requirements 

• Identify relevant federal, state and local administrative agencies with  jurisdiction to implement and enforce the environmental laws

• Provide support during environmental litigation

• Apply due diligence in preparing and reviewing transactional documents 

• Identify steps to take to limit client liability in environmental transactions 


Fundamentals of Paralegal Studies or consent of program manager.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Not offered this quarter. Classes are offered according to the schedule on the respective Certificate or Program Page. Please click on the Request Information below to be promptly notified when enrollment opens.