Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 62/64
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date






1300-1400 SL298

Course Description

Much of American law is codified in statutes and administrative regulations. For lawyers, learning to parse and interpret these forms of law is comparable in importance and complexity to learning to read judicial opinions. This course will teach students these skills by reviewing the theory and practice of statutory interpretation. We will discuss the lawmaking processes that produce statutes and examine the tools that courts use to interpret them. In particular, we will concentrate on (1) the relationship between the text of a statute and its purpose, (2) common canons of construction, (3) the use of legislative history, and (4) relationships between statutes and other sources of law. Throughout the course, we will relate the practical discussions to theoretical issues, such as the quandary produced when plain text yields absurd results.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): Flex

Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 123820653

Modified Type: Lecture

Cross Listed: No

Concentrations: Constitutional Law , Litigation and Procedure , Public Policy and Regulation

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