Spring 2014 Course Schedule

Public Law: Legislative & Regulatory State (LAW-652-002)

Meets: 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM (M) - Room 503

Enrolled: 29 / Limit: 45

Administrator Access


First-year full-time JD only


Whereas the focus of the traditional first year law school curriculum is “private” common law, the “public” law of legislation and regulation exert the most profound effects on the nation and its people. This course focuses on some of the most important doctrines and theories that serve as the foundations for American public law, including the theories of representative government; the roles and relationships between and among the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the Federal government; the requirements of legislative process; the theories and methods of statutory interpretation; and the roles of judges in reviewing legislation and regulation. The course also will provide an overview of the roles and functions of administrative agencies in Federal government, and of the relationship between these agencies and Congress, the President, and the courts.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Title: Administrative Law: A Contemporary Approach
Publisher/Ed: West (2nd ed. 2010)
ISBN: 9780314255570

Title: Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
Author: Eskridge, Frickey and Garrett
Publisher/Ed: Foundation Press (2nd ed. 2006)
ISBN: 9781599410784

First Class Readings

Mark C. Niles, Punctuated Equilibrium: A Model for Administrative Evolution, 44 Marshal L. Rev. 353 (2011)
The “Three Sisters Bridge” Saga (Supplemental Reading)


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