Legal Methods II: Methods of Statutory Drafting and Interpretation

Course Information

Course Number
L6130
Curriculum Level
Foundation
Areas of Study
Lawyering
Type
Lecture
Additional Attributes
Experiential Credit

Section 003 Information

Instructors

Section Description

This intensive course pursues two objectives: in addition to examining the methodologies of interpreting statutes, the course will principally focus on their drafting. In the traditional classroom component of the course, students will work their way through several examples of statutory text and legislative history, before addressing how courts and agencies have interpreted those statutes. The experiential aspect of the course will cast students in the roles of statutory drafters, implementers, and interpreters. Working in groups, students will first draft a proposed statute in response to a specified problem. The students next will be assigned the role of regulators ultimately tasked with the statutes' enforcement, and in that guise will anticipate issues in the implementation of the draft statutes in order to advise the drafters of potential problems, and to recommend solutions. The drafters then will rewrite the statute in light of agency feedback. Finally, the students will serve as judges called upon to interpret and apply the now-enacted statutes to specific fact scenarios. By immersing students in different actors' perspectives on the statutory drafting process we aim not only to promote students' drafting skills, but also to enable students to perceive and appreciate concerns that arise throughout the process - concerns that after-the-fact judicial review may mute. Caselaw and selected secondary authorities on statutory drafting and interpretation complement the students' first-hand experience at drafting and applying statutory text.

School Year & Semester
January 2022
Dates
January 10 - January 14
Location
WJWH 207
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
10:00 - 1:00 pm
Dates
January 10 - January 14
Location
WJWH 207
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Points
1
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
For JDs only.

Other Sections of Legal Methods II: Methods of Statutory Drafting and Interpretation

Section 007

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Location

JGH 103

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

Location

JGH 103

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 001

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Location

JGH 107

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Location

JGH 107

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 008

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Location

WJWH 209

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Location

WJWH 209

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 006

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Location

JGH 102a

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 002

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Location

WJWH 208

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 004

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Philip Genty

Philip M. Genty

Everett B. Birch Innovative Teaching Clinical Professor in Professional Responsibility; Vice Dean for Experiential Education

Location

JGH 102b

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1

Section 005

School Year & Semester

January 2022

Instructors

Avery Katz

Avery W. Katz

Milton Handler Professor of Law and Reuben Mark Professor of Organizational Character

Location

JGH 105

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Location

JGH 105

Schedule

Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday

Points

1
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