This course will equip students with the basic tools for handling statutes and regulations across many different substantive areas of law and enable students to understand the context in which these sources of law are made. As such, the course will examine the political process, the role of the legislature in the governmental structure, legislative organization and procedure, and statutory interpretation by the courts. The course will focus on particular statutes from different areas of law but in a manner intended to uncover the legislative process and intent rather than the particular rules put forth in the statute. There will be substantial time devoted to judicial theories of the interpretive process as well.
This course should be considered highly recommended for students interested in pursuing public law areas, and also will be highly useful in Administrative Law. The course will involve multiple in-class exercises, including drafting exercises.