Regulatory Law and Policy

Section 1, Spring 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/17
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
12/31/1969 12/31/1969

Course Description

Regulating risks to public health, financial stability, safety, the environment, and security are a dominant emphasis of contemporary governments, both in the United States and globally. Regulations by bureaucratic agencies mandate pollution control, create security protocols at ports, limit investment options, and govern automobile safety technologies. These rules deeply affect the commercial operating environment of businesses; the institutional, political, and legal context of government actors; and the role of individuals as consumers in the marketplace and as citizens in a democracy. For this reason, lawyers in government, the private sector, and public-interest organizations are frequently called on for their expertise in understanding and shaping regulation. Although regulations differ vastly by their substantive areas, there are institutional approaches and substantive principles that are common to different regulatory domains, including methodologies such as risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis; procedural requirements that facilitate transparency, oversight, and public participation; challenges of uncertainty and expertise; and values such as precaution, autonomy, and well-being. This course focuses on the cross-cutting elements of regulation to provide students with a set of general tools and concepts that can inform area-specific advanced courses and be applied in many different practice settings.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to do a group project and submit a final project (5,000 words).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: In addition to class participation, students will be evaluated on presentations and an online forum.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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