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225 sec. 001 - Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Jonah Gelbach  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


TuTh 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 19, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 19, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 32079
Class Number: 32079

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 40
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

This course will introduce students to the legislative process and statutory interpretation. Statutes govern nearly every aspect of our society and our economy, and this course will give students the tools to understand how statutes come to be and how they are interpreted and applied in practice.

Our discussion of the legislative process will touch on Congress’s internal procedures and organization, limits on Congress’s authority, and the role of parties, committees, and interest groups in the lawmaking process. Our discussion of statutory interpretation will cover theories of statutory interpretation, the use of legislative history, and major canons of construction. A third portion of the course will examine the role of statutory interpretations by administrative agencies and the doctrines surrounding judicial deference to these interpretations.

In exploring these topics, we will consider cases and materials from many substantive areas of law, including all or most of criminal law, civil rights law, environmental law, labor and employment law, health care law, and national security law. The course will thus provide students with a small taste of many different areas of law. There are not, however, any prerequisites for the course, and students from all backgrounds are welcome.

Real-time attendance at the first 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.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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  • Statutes, Regulation, and Interpretation: Legislation and Administration in the Republic of Statutes
    William N. Eskridge (Jr.), Abbe R. Gluck, Victoria F. Nourse
    ISBN: 9780314273567
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $243.00
    Price Source: user provided

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