Most of the "law" that lawyers work with is statutory. This course examines the legislative process, the relationship between the common law and statutes, and statutory interpretation. The course begins with a case study of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. We will devote substantial attention in the course to the theoretical and practical aspects of statutory interpretation, including overall theories of interpretation, the canons of statutory interpretation, and the use of legislative history. We will also examine electoral representation structures, the regulation of legislators through campaign finance, bribery and lobbying laws, as well as direct democracy as an alternative to republican government.
Section Offerings for 2012-13
|O. Johnson||TR 1:20 PM-2:40 PM||GRHL 101|
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