Courses 2010 - 2011
LAW B 512 Legislation And The Formulation Of Public Policy
Credits: 2-3, Variable
To support today's law practice - which operates more and more in a public law environment (constitutional, statutory, regulatory, etc.) - this seminar takes a rigorous look at the process of law creation, interpretation, and evolution. While we will discuss many traditional areas of a legislation course, such as the craft of statute making and the methodology of statutory construction and interpretation, those topics will be examined from the broader perspectives made possible by learning in such fields as public choice theory, political science and literary theory, law and economics, legal history, and critical legal theory.
Winter 2011: This seminar will focus on the legislative process as a unique form of problem solving. Samples of employment law legislation as well as current health care legislation will be highlighted as a way to develop our understanding of the legislative process. Students will have the opportunity to write seminar papers or to draft legislation that is supported by a considered policy paper.