David Louk

David S. Louk

  • Academic Fellow

Ph.D., Jurisprudence & Social Policy, UC Berkeley (2019)
J.D., Yale Law School (2015)
M.Phil. International Relations, University of Oxford (2009)
B.A. Political Science, Stanford University (2006)

Areas of Specialty

Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
Administrative Law
Constitutional Law
Federalism and Federal Courts
Jurisprudence and the Philosophy of Law

David Louk studies the processes of lawmaking and legal interpretation: how laws and regulations are enacted, and how courts, agencies, and other actors interpret them. To do so, he draws on interdisciplinary methods from political science, legal history, and the philosophy of law and language. He writes primarily in the fields of legislation and statutory interpretation, administrative law, constitutional law, criminal law, and federal courts.

His scholarship often explores judicial versus legislative solutions to contemporary legal problems, examining legislative and judicial dynamics in budget and tax policy, election law, labor law, and state and local government law. David’s work has been cited and discussed in The Economist, Slate, Take Care, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among other publications. He is the co-author of Legal Methods: Case Analysis and Statutory Interpretation (Foundation Press 5th ed. 2020); see davidlouk.com for more on this.

David’s interests include not only how courts may better interpret law, but also how laws may be better drafted and implemented. To this end, he is the co-author of the new and forthcoming casebook, Legislation: The Drafting and Interpretation of Statutes (Foundation Press 2020), which incorporates original experiential teaching exercises in statutory drafting and implementation, so that students can experience firsthand the distinct challenges in each stage of drafting, implementing, and interpreting the law.

David began his time in higher education at Central Oregon Community College, from which he earned an Associate of Arts degree before transferring and completing his undergraduate education at Stanford University.


Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge James E. Boasberg, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia