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Local Government Law (Pritchett)

Spring 2024   LAW 724-001  

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Faculty
Wendell Pritchett

James S. Riepe Presidential Professor of Law and Education

pritchet@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Expository Writing

Grading
33% Participation,
67% Paper

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If you are absent, due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can ask for volunteers among your classmates to share their notes with you.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Meeting Times/Location
TR 10:30AM - 11:50AM
Tanenbaum Hall 145

Category
Upper-Level

Credits
3.0

Over eighty-five percent of Americans live in urban areas. This course will examine many of the issues facing urban America through an analysis of the function of local governments in the American legal and political system. We will consider federal, state and local statutes and case law that shape governmental institutions. Specific topics include: the formation of local governments; the scope of local autonomy with respect to education, zoning, policing, and the general provision of public services; federal-local, state-local, and inter-local relations; local taxation, public education, and economic development initiatives; and the relationship between cities and suburbs. Because local governments operate in a variety of jurisdictions (and because “local government law” intersects numerous areas of substantive law) this course will not primarily emphasize legal doctrine or the mastery of specific legal rules. Instead, the course is intended to familiarize you with those general concepts from which to draw more specific legal and political conclusions. Students will be required to conduct research in substantive policy areas and to engage with policy makers in this class.

Course Concentrations

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.

Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Property and Real Estate Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of property and real estate law; Perform legal analysis in the context of property and real estate law; Communicate effectively on topics related to property and real estate law; Demonstrate an understanding of how property and real estate law affect other areas of law.

Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.

Public Interest Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of public interest law; Perform legal analysis in the context of public interest law; Communicate effectively on topics related to public interest law; Demonstrate an understanding of how public interest law is connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.


Textbooks

"Local Government Law" by Frug, Ford, Barron
Edition: 7th
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 9781684673384
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