I wanted to pass along some information about my new course, which has been approved for permanent status on the course calendar and will run again March 7 - 15 in 2020. Here are some key points. (This would replace a spring term 2 class for online students.)
The course has a long name - Protected Public Lands and Tribal Rights: Utah Field Study. It is 1 credit and graded. The assessment methods are a final reflection paper and class participation. There is no textbook - all materials are free and posted on TWEN.
There is a prerequisite - Natural Resources Law, or equivalent. Equivalents that would satisfy this prerequisite requirement are very specific, and the only one I would automatically waive for is Jack's Montana Field Study course. So, you should direct students to me to ask whether their employment history, undergraduate course work, or another VLS course would satisfy the prerequisite. The easiest way to satisfy the prereq is to take Natural Resources Law this fall.
Instructor permission is required, so students need to submit an application to me, by email, containing the following: 1) statement of interest in the course, 2) transcript showing prerequisite requirement; and 3) one VLS faculty reference. They can expect to be interviewed as part of the application process, when I basically ask them questions along the lines of - how independent of a traveler are you? Have you ever traveled alone? Do you generally bring enough money with you when you travel? etc.
The course is capped at 10 students. It is open to masters students, JDs, and LLMs.
The cost varies depending on the students' accommodation and travel choices. It could be anywhere from $750-$1200 for the entire week, depending on whether the students camp or stay in hotels, and depending on whether they fly into a major city, or choose a smaller airport closer to Moab. It also, frankly, depends on how much they spend going out for meals and other entertainment. Melody DeFlorio has approved a $1,000 special financial aid package for students who need it for this course.
Students may be curious about how this course differs from Jack Tuholske's Montana Field Study and there are several differences, but primarily, our focus is on different statutes and different public land types. (Jack's course covers national forests and wilderness, and we focus on national parks, national monuments, and multiple-use Bureau of Land Management lands). My course also includes some Native American Law - 2 days, in fact.
I'm including the Syllabus, in case that may help you or the students.
Professor Hillary Hoffman