This seminar-style course is designed to introduce the student to the legal foundation and current policy issues for historic preservation at the federal, state and local levels. The course will provide the student with a working knowledge of relevant legal subjects, including federal and state historic preservation statutes, ordinances and key preservation issues shaping preservation law today. The course employs a variety of approaches including readings, guest lectures, class discussions, field study and out-of-class assignments.
Class attendance for the full class period each day is required. Failure to attend on any day for this one-week, intensive course will be grounds for disenrollment. Each student is expected to complete the readings listed below for each day prior to class, participate in class discussions, and complete the out-of-class assignments.
Out-of-Class Assignments: Each student taking the course for credit will complete the take-home exam and an analysis of a preservation issue for written and oral class presentation. Assignments that are late will be marked down.
(1) Take-home Exam: Each student will complete a take home exam which will include, among other questions, two hypothetical problems
(2) Memorandum: Each student will prepare an analytical paper or memorandum on a historic preservation law issue or a related court decision with topic approved by the instructor. The student will provide a succinct, 5 pages single-spaced, written analysis of the key issues and implications for historic preservation law and the preservation of historic properties. Each student will provide a 10 minute presentation for credit on the last day of class.