Regulation of the Political Process

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 19/64
Credits: 4
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 1540-1740
  • SL262
08/31/2022 12/07/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

Democracy in theory may be the province of philosophers, but democracy in action belongs to lawyers. A web of constitutional, statutory, and administrative laws structure every aspect of the American political process. This course surveys these laws and the theories that animate them. Major topics include the right to vote and restrictions thereon, such as literacy, residency, and voter ID requirements; representation, which involves the number of people in legislative districts and the factors, including race and partisanship, that determine district boundaries; election administration, which encompasses voting technology and vote counting (think Bush v. Gore); and campaign finance, which involves the raising and spending of money in elections.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Law of Politics (7110)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

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

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level 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
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM