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Environmental Economics and the Law Seminar
J.D. Seminar 547 (cross-listed) | 3 credit hours
In 1932, Lionel Robbins defined economics, not very excitingly, as "the science which studies human behavior as a relation between scarce means having alternative uses." Not for nothing is it called "the dismal science." More expressively, in the words of such economists as Robert Heinlein and the Rolling Stones, "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch," or "You Can't Always Get What You Want." In other words, it's all about how to best allocate scarce resources to satisfy virtually unlimited desires, wants, and needs. This focus on scarce resources makes it natural to marry the economic way of thinking with environmental policy. That many environmentalists view economics with considerable skepticism, if not outright moral revulsion, will only make this seminar more fun!
Recommended: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Environmental Law.
This seminar requires a paper. Students must register for the 3 credit section of the seminar if they wish to write a paper fulfilling the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement. The paper requirements of the 2 credit section will not fulfill the J.D. Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement.