Legislation and Regulation

Course Information

Course Number
L6169
Curriculum Level
Foundation
Areas of Study
Administrative Law and Public Policy, Constitutional Law
Type
Lecture
Additional Attributes
LLM NY Bar Exam Qualifier, Online Course

Section 002 Information

Instructors

Section Description

This course satisfies the Legislation-Regulation elective now required of all Columbia JD candidates beginning with the class entering Columbia in the fall of 2018. Where most required courses emphasize the work of the state and federal judiciaries, this course focuses on the federal government’s other law-generating institutions — Congress, the President, and, most importantly, the administrative agencies that implement congressional and presidential policy. These institutions, their processes of decision-making, and their substantive decisions are the primary sources of law in the contemporary United States, a “republic of statutes” governed by an expansive “administrative state.” With respect to Congress, the course will address the legislative process as well as contemporary disputes about statutory interpretation. With respect to agencies, the course will focus on the internal structure of agencies, the relationship between agencies and the political branches (Congress and the President), the processes of administrative rulemaking and administrative adjudication, and, to a lesser degree, judicial supervision of these basic forms of administrative action. The deregulatory initiatives of the Trump administration and associated legislative proposals will be among the matters considered. Our casebook will be Strauss, Rakoff, Metzger, Barron O'Connell,, Administrative Law - Cases and Comments (12th Ed. 2017).

School Year & Semester
Fall 2020
Location
TBA TBA
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Wednesday
3:20 - 5:10 pm
Points
4
Method of Evaluation
Paper and Exam
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • Understanding congressional procedures
  • Learning the techniques of, and disputes about, statutory interpretation
  • Understanding the structure of American executive government
  • Understanding federal agency rulemaking procedures, and the political controls Congress and the President exercise over it.
  • Judicial issues respecting rulemaking and rule interpretation
Secondary
  • Familiarity with contemporary literature and issues concerning the administrative state

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
It may not be taken by students who have taken, or are taking, a course in Legislation and/or Administrative Law

Other Sections of Legislation and Regulation

Section 001

School Year & Semester

Fall 2020

Instructors

Location

JGH 103

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Thursday

Points

4

Section 001

School Year & Semester

Spring 2021

Instructors

Location

TBA TBA

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Points

4

Section 002

School Year & Semester

Spring 2021

Instructors

Location

JGH 104

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Points

4
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