Energy, Environment & Land Use Program

Extensive & Interconnected

The fields of energy law, environmental law, and land use law, while distinct, have increasingly become interconnected as law and policy domains. The curriculum at Vanderbilt Law School allows students to focus on any these fields individually or gain a broader exposure to their intersections.

First-year students are introduced to agencies, statutes, and the central role they play in the American legal system in The Regulatory State. This required course, along with Property Law and Torts, lays the groundwork for upper-level electives devoted to EELU topics:

Energy LawEnvironmental Law I: Public Environmental Governance
Environmental Law II: Private Environmental GovernanceLand Use Planning
Energy & Environmental FederalismSustainable Cities
Water LawLocal Government Law

Skills Courses & Seminars

The National Environmental Policy Act: Compliance & Litigation Short Course

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was the first major environmental law passed by Congress and remains the basic framework by which the federal government examines and accounts for the environmental consequences of its actions. This course trains students to critically assess federal agencies’ compliance with the obligations established by NEPA by learning the text of the statute, its implementing regulations, the review provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act, and major relevant case law.

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