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225.3 sec. 001 - Interpretation in Constitutional and Statutory Law (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Jonah Gelbach  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Tu 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 25, 2020
To November 20, 2020

Course Start: August 25, 2020
Course End: November 20, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 34341

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 6
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 11
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

How should we understand the language of the Constitution, and of statutes? Should we be originalists or living constitutionalists? (Or something else?) How much leeway do and should judges have in interpreting statutes? These are some of the biggest questions in law, and we will introduce and debate major approaches and controversies in answering them. Although we can only scratch the surface in a 1-unit course, we will discuss both big issues and concrete applications to specific cases. Besides covering really interesting issues, this course will also provide students a look behind the curtain of how to think about the critical topic of legal interpretation.

This course meets every other Tuesday for 7 sessions beginning August 25th.

This class is among the special Fall 2020 1L elective seminars designed to give entering 1Ls an extra opportunity to form connections despite our remote form of interaction. In light of that goal, these classes will expect real-time attendance and may not be recorded. These classes will all be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis and total written work requirement will be no more than 8 double-spaced pages.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

This course is only open to 1Ls.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
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