Fall 2019 Course Schedule

Legal Drafting: Legislation (LAW-849E-001)
Bettina Poirier

Meets: 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM (Tu) - Yuma - Room Y250

Enrolled: 18 / Limit: 22

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This course closely examines the legislative drafting process, including the tools needed for crafting effective legislation. Drafting guidelines and techniques are studied and applied in practical exercises and in the final legislative project/simulation; congressional rules and procedures and their impact on legislative drafting are analyzed; and trends in statutory interpretation are considered in order to provide insight into how drafting decisions affect judicial review and the ultimate success of legislation.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Congressional Procedures and the Policy Process, 10th Edition, by Walter Oleszek, Elizabeth Rybicki, Mark Oleszek and Bill Heniff, Jr.

Legislative Drafting-Step-By-Step, by Arthur Rynearson

Chapters 1 and 2 of Legislation and Regulation-Cases and Materials, Third Edition, by John Manning and Matthew Stephenson (posted on MyWCL)

First Class Readings

Review course description and goals. Read Chapter 1 in Oleszek. Prepare specific questions on Oleszek for class discussion.


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