Associate Professor Michelle Bryan
The course compares the differences between water law in the eastern and western United States, and then focuses on the Rocky Mountain West and the variations among the states in our region. Alongside a selection of national readings, students study the specific water laws of Montana. Although water law is primarily the province of state law, the course also addresses tribal water rights, federal water rights, and interstate water allocation.
Finally, students practice water lawyer skills, including researching and analyzing water rights, handling water rights in a real estate transaction, and appearing before a water court in an adjudication proceeding.