Spring 2022 Course Schedule

Congressional Investigations (Online, Compressed) (LAW-795CI-E001)
Rachit Choksi

Meets: 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM (S,Su)

Enrolled: 15 / Limit: 22

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The course will meet on Saturday March 26 from 10-2, Sunday March 27 from 10-1, Saturday April 9 from 10-2, and Sunday April 10 from 10-1.


This graded seminar will explore and analyze the work of Congress as an overseer of the Executive Branch, as well as an investigator of illegal or inappropriate conduct in the private sector. We will examine the scope of Congressional investigative authority, historical and judicial precedents that have shaped that authority, the actual practice of congressional oversight and investigations, and the role that GAO and extra-congressional entities play in this space. Because "oversight" can be construed broadly, we will not be discussing the impeachment power, nominations, the Congressional Review Act, or, generally, congressional review of agency rulemakings. We will also not be covering Congressional oversight of the Judiciary.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Readings and key resources are either in the public domain or will be posted to the course MyWCL website.

First Class Readings

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