Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Water Law

558 | 3.0 credits


Competition for water is the hallmark of development of the western United States. This course will introduce students to the two main strands of U.S. water rights law - riparianism and prior appropriation - and will analyze changes in traditional doctrine as the allocation of water becomes highly regulated and highly dependent on public subsidy and public construction. Because California is the leading American jurisdiction in water law, the course will emphasize California law and institutions. Other topics include Indian reserved rights, groundwater management, and water marketing and delivery.