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Legislation and the Regulatory State

Most law comes from statutes and regulations. This course is an introduction both to legislation and statutory interpretation, and to aspects of administrative law that deal with the interpretation of regulations and the laws under which regulations are issued. Students will learn about the process of enacting laws and issuing regulations, and the various approaches to interpretation. Some of the larger topics will include the status of textualism, the role of legislative intent, the relationship between statutory law and common law, and deference to the interpretation of laws by administrative agencies. In some instances, we will focus on lawyers' briefs in addition to judicial decisions to help develop skills in effective argumentation on these issues. Enrollment Note: You may not take both this course and Legislation and Statutory Interpretation. You may, however, take both this course and Administrative Law.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade only. Final Exam.