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Science for Environmental Lawyers (LAW 802)

Most environmental issues involve the attorney in a close professional working relationship with experts in the biological and physical sciences or in technical fields such as engineering or hydrology.  The first unit of this course discusses the basic structure of each of the four “spheres” of the earth, sources of natural and anthropogenic derived contaminants in each, dispersion of these contaminants within and between “spheres,” and ultimate fate of these contaminants.  The second unit of the course discusses the principles and processes involved in global climate change and various models for predicting such change.  The third course unit provides an overview of topics related to understanding exposure of humans to environmental pollutants, including principles of toxicology such as thresholds and dose-response, principles of exposure assessment, hazard v. risk, and risk assessment.  The final unit of the course discusses integrity and credibility of science in the courtroom, including an overview of concepts related to understanding scientific and statistical concepts for credible presentation in toxic tort and public hearing cases.  This course is required for environmental LLM students and recommended for JD students seeking the Environmental Law Certificate.

2 credit hours.

Faculty: John G. Nevius, Adjunct Professor