Law Management and Policy

Entry Requirements

A background in government, public policy, or management is required for M.S. and Ph.D. admission to the Law, Management, and Policy Option Area. Students without an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Government, Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, or related field may be granted provisional admission, but will be required to complete coursework (in addition to standard program and option area requirements) that demonstrates a minimum level of competency. This should include: American Government (6 credits @ 400 level) Public Policy (6 credits @ 400 level) or Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure (12 credits @ 900 level, as approved by major advisor)

Subject to approval of the Water Resources Program curriculum committee, other relevant completed courses (or professional experience) may be substituted to meet these requirements.

Common Courses

The following courses are required of both M.S. and Ph.D. students in all of the Water Resources Option Areas.

  • WR 501 Water Resources Seminar (1 cr.)
  • WR 506 Integrated Water Resources Methods (3 cr.)
  • WR 507 Integrated Water Resources Projects (3 cr.) *Available spring 2009
  • A 500 level elective in either Engineering & Science or Science & Management Water Resources Option Areas (3 cr. for Ph.D.)

Core Courses

All students in the Water Resources Law, Management & Policy Option Area are required to complete: Research or Analytical Methods (3 cr. determined in consultation with committee) The student and committee will select the appropriate mix of Law, Management and Policy courses from the following list. M.S. students are required to take 6 credits, and Ph.D. students 9 credits from the following:

  • CSS 510 Applications of Communication Theory in Natural Resource (3 cr.)
  • CSS 573 Decision Making in Watershed Management (3 cr.)
  • LAW 907 Administrative Law (3 cr.)
  • LAW 942 Water Law (3 cr.)
  • LAW 946 Water Policy Seminar (3 cr.)
  • LAW 947 Environmental Law I (3 cr.)
  • LAW 951 Environmental Law II (3 cr.)
  • POLS 554 Public Organization Theory (3 cr.)
  • POLS 562 Natural Resource Policy (3 cr.)
  • POLS 572 Local Government & Administration Management (3 cr.)

Electives for Law, Management & Policy Option Area

As noted, one elective must be in either Engineering & Science or Science & Management Option Areas for PhD students. A core course may be considered an elective course once the core requirements are satisfied. Electives not listed below will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

  • CSS 572 Human Dimensions in Restoration Ecology (3 cr.)
  • CSS 580 Practicum in Restoration Ecology (2 cr.)
  • ENVS 582 Natural Resource Policy and Law (3 cr.)
  • ENVS 546 Drinking Water and Human Health (3 cr.)
  • ENVS 579 Introduction to Environmental Regulation (3 cr.)
  • FOR 585 Natural Resource Policy Analysis (2 cr.)
  • HIST 524 American Environmental History (3 cr.)
  • LAW 906 Natural Resources Law and Policy (3 cr.)
  • LAW 937 Natural Resources Law and History (3 cr.)
  • LAW 938 International Environmental and Water Law (3 cr.)
  • LAW 939 Law and Science (3 cr.)
  • LAW 948 Public Lands and Resources Law (3 cr.)
  • LAW 949 Indian Law (3 cr.)
  • PHIL 552 Environmental Philosophy (3 cr.)
  • POLS 564 Politics of the Environment (3 cr.)

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