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225 sec. 001 - Legislation and Statutory Interpretation (Fall 2023)

Instructor: Sean Farhang  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


TuTh 2:10 PM - 3:25 PM
Location: Law 134
From August 22, 2023
To November 30, 2023

Course Start: August 22, 2023
Course End: November 30, 2023
Class Number: 32169

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 35
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 39
As of: 02/07 02:03 PM

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.

The first portion of the course will focus on the legislative process, including Congress’s internal procedures and organization, limits on Congress’s authority, and the role of parties, committees, and interest groups in the lawmaking process. The second portion of the course will turn to statutory interpretation, including theories of statutory interpretation, the use of legislative history, and major canons of construction. The third portion of the class will examine how administrative agencies interpret statutes and how courts approach agency statutory interpretations.

In exploring these topics, the course will reference cases and materials from many substantive areas of law, including criminal law, civil rights law, environmental law, labor and employment law, and public health and safety 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.

Exam Notes: (F) In-class final exam
Exam Length: 3 hours
Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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  • Cases and Materials on Legislation and Regulation: Statutes and the Creation of Public Policy
    WILLIAM N. ESKRIDGE JR, James J. Brudney, Josh Chafetz, Philip P. Frickey, Elizabeth Garrett
    Publisher: West Academic Publishing
    ISBN: 9781683281832
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Price: To Be Determined

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