William Want

Associate Professor of Law

Contact Info

Office: 385 Meeting St., 3rd Floor
Phone: 843.377.2432
Email: bwant@charlestonlaw.edu

J.D., Yale University B.S. Washington and Lee University

William Want joined the Charleston School of Law faculty in fall 2005.  He is highly regarded nationally in the field of environmental law and has been named by Best Lawyers as one of the nation's most distinguished environmental attorneys for the past 20 years. His treatise, Law of Wetlands Regulation, published by Thomson/West, is the most relied upon text on the subject. Want is also  co-author of a book on hazardous wastes and the author of numerous environmental law articles as well as articles on takings, free speech and school finance.

Before joining the law school faculty, Want was a solo practitioner in Charleston, where he focused on complex environmental litigation. Previously, he was a senior litigation counsel at the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Justice Department where he handled some of the nation's landmark environmental law cases.

Want has taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington Law School and as a visitor at Maryland Law School. He is a founding board member of two important environmental organizations: the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Coastal Conservation League.

Course Interests/Research/Teaching Areas

  • Environmental Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Land Use