Legislation: Law and Politics

Elective Course
Course Number: LAW 652
Credits: 3

This seminar concerns how law is written and read by lawyers, judges, legislators, and the public, from campaign to capitol to court. The course begins with an introduction to the system of representation, legislation, and interpretation. Then it takes each function in turn: first, the regulation of the electoral process including voting rights, campaign finance, and direct democracy; second, the structure of the legislative process including lobbying and deliberative rules; and third, the interpretation and implementation of resulting statutes, with emphases on criminal, environmental and natural resources, civil rights, and Indian Law. In addition to seminar discussion, students present short moot courts and produce a research paper, draft judicial opinion, or legislative project.