Regulatory Law and Policy

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/25
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 1410-1530
  • WB105
01/23/2023 04/26/2023
*“R” means Thursday

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:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will complete a 5,000 word final project (submitted via EXPO before noon on last day of exam period) in the form of a comment letter in response to a proposed regulation.

Other Work
Student's participate in a group project to analyze the legal and policy issues surrounding a federal regulation. The group projects result in a written analysis (of roughly 5,000 words) and an in-class presentation.

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 Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
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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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM