Course Information

Course Number

363

Credits

3

Area of Study & Practice

  • Gov't Regulation & Administrative Practice
  • Public Policy

Legislation and Statutory Interpretation

Legislation is one of the most important forms of law in modern American society. Indeed, it has been said that we are living in an 'age of statutes.' Almost every aspect of legal practice involves construction of statutes, whether defining the jurisdiction of the courts or establishing the norms to which society must conform. In this course, we will examine the legal theory and practice of the making and enforcement of statutes. The course will begin with a study of the legislative process, with special attention to theories that seek to understand why some bills succeed where others fail. The next unit of the course will consider statutes as a unique source of law, comparing them to the common law and the Constitution. We will then move to the heart of the course, which will focus on how judges and other legal actors (agencies, enforcers, etc.) interpret statutes. There will be a take-home final for this course.


Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.

Sections/Instructors

Margaret Lemos
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation 363.01
Spring 2013
Sakai Site

Margaret Lemos
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation 363.01
Spring 2012
E-mail ListSakai Site

Guy-Uriel Charles
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation 363.01
Spring 2010
E-mail ListBlackboard Site

Roman J. Hoyos
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation 363.01
Spring 2009
E-mail ListBlackboard Site

Richard A. Danner
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation 363.01
Fall 2004

Richard A. Danner
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation 363.01
Spring 2004