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Climate Change and the Energy Evolution (Peloso/Sahely)

Spring 2022   LAW 613-001  

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Additional Information
Experiential Course

Yes

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Drafting Legal Documents
Other Professional Skills: This course is focused on helping students develop the skills to be climate change and renewable energy professionals. The course will provide training in professional writing and contract drafting/editing, presentation skills, and negotiations.

Grading
25% Participation,
75% Other (Rather than a final paper or exam, evaluation in this course will be based on a series of simulation exercises and assignments, including drafting legal memoranda, drafting and presenting policy briefs, and participating in mock negotiations. )

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

- If you are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can make PowerPoint slides or other class materials available to you.

Meeting Times/Location
TR 9:00AM - 10:20AM
Silverman Hall 240A

Category
Upper-Level

Credits
3.0

Climate Change and The Energy Evolution In order to address the climate crisis, the global energy system is and must be rapidly reshaped over the coming decades. Much of the energy evolution will be driven by decisions made by the private sector and the institutions that provide them capital. The aim of this course is to (a) explore the relationship between international agreements on climate change, national and local government actions, and the emergence of private governance as factors driving the energy evolution and (b) provide an overview of the critical themes, players, structures, and issues in renewable energy deal making. Students in this course will work first hand with climate and renewable energy practitioners to learn how to evaluate the key factors driving decision making in energy investment today and understand the basics of how the renewable and clean energy business works.

This course will be run as an ABA simulation course. Students will be asked to participate in a variety of hands on exercises, including mock negotiations, mock client meetings, and markups of client climate reports and renewable energy transactional documents. Grading is based on a series of assignments presented throughout the semester, and there is no final exam or paper in this course.

Course Concentrations

Business and Corporate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of business and corporate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of business and corporate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to business and corporate law; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection between the world of business and finance and that of business and corporate law, and how they affect other areas of law and society.

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

Environmental Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of environmental law; Perform legal analysis in the context of environmental law; Communicate effectively on topics related to environmental law; Demonstrate an understanding of how environmental law affects other areas of law.

Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.