MW 3:00PM - 4:20PM
Gittis Hall 214
Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties
Courts and the Administration of Justice
This course examines issues relating to the enactment, application and interpretation of legislation, primarily at the federal level. The course will introduce students to the basic contours of Congressional lawmaking practice, theoretical models of the legislative process, the application and interpretation of statutes by the executive branch, and numerous aspects of judicial statutory interpretation. Students will explore and critique the different methods and canons that courts apply in construing statutes and consider issues such as the appropriate degree of deference to administrative interpretations, judicial use of legislative history in construction, and interaction between the courts and Congress. The basic text will be the Eskridge, Frickey & Garrett casebook, but students will also read selected legal and/or political science articles presenting current theories of legislative process and interpretation, and review examples of current cases and statutory debates. Grades will be based on an examination at the end of the semester. This is a 1L elective course and 1Ls will receive priority in enrollment.
"Cases and Materials on Legislation, Statutes and the Creation of Public Policy" by Eskridge, Frickey and Garrett