Land Use Law


Course Code:
LAW 2505
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


(Formerly Law 338) This course focuses on the pragmatic (more than theoretical) aspects of contemporary land use law and policy, including: the tools and legal foundation of modern land use law; the process of land development; vested property rights, development agreements, and takings; growth control, sprawl, and housing density; and direct democracy over land use. We explore how land use decisions affect environmental quality and how land use decision-making addresses environmental impacts. Special Instructions: All graduate students from other departments are encouraged to enroll, and no pre-requisites apply. Student participation is essential. Roughly two-thirds of the class time will involve a combination of lecture and classroom discussion. The remaining time will engage students in case studies based on actual land use issues and disputes. This class is limited to 40 students, with an effort made to have students from SLS (30 students will be selected by lottery) and students from Earth Systems (10 students). Elements used in grading: Attendance, class participation, writing assignments, and final exam. Elements used in grading: Attendance, Class Participation, Final Exam. This course is cross-listed with Earth Systems (EARTHSYS 238).

Past Offerings

2016-2017 Spring

Land Use Law LAW 2505 Section 01 Class #31920

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Lottery 30

Notes: One-Day Take-Home Exam.

    • One Day Take Home
    • Self Scheduled
  • Room: Library
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