Legislative Lawyering (LAW-795LL-001)
Hal Shapiro, John Gilliland
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This course provides an introduction to legislation, congressional procedures, statutory interpretation, and skills lawyers need to assist clients with legislative matters. The course will attempt to combine theory and practice at every stage. Your readings will include historical and background materials, statutes, congressional debates, congressional reports, political theory and commentary, and cases. You will have the opportunity to simulate the role of Members of Congress, constituents, and advocates. Our focus will be on federal law and procedures. You will come to understand the pervasive nature and fundamental importance of statutory law. You will learn how Congress works (and, in the eyes of some observers, often does not work). You will gain skills to assist your future clients through legislative and policy solutions in parallel with or as a substitute for judicial or other legal ones. Prerequisites None Exams, Participation, and Grading Examination: There will be an in-class midterm and an in-class final exam. Both will have multiple choice and short answer questions. The final exam will have an essay portion. Participation: Students will be expected to come to class prepared, having read the assigned material. Students will be assigned several skill-building exercises, which will be discussed in class. Grading There are three components to student grades: (1) an in-class mid-term exam will account for 30 percent of the course grade; (2) the quality (not simply the quantity) of participation in the course, and during in-class exercises, will account for 30 percent; and (3) an in-class final examination will comprise 40 percent.
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