State and Local Government

Elective Course
Course Number: LAW 646
Credits: 3

State and local government law is almost entirely procedural, not substantive. The class covers the organization of state and local powers, their limitations, and the procedures that a state or local government use to exercise their powers. These topics touch on principles of administrative law, property, torts, criminal law, tax, and other areas, but only as they affect or are affected by the powers of state and local governments.

This course also covers the history and forms of local governments, provision of state and local government services, and police powers. In addition, the course will address specific problems facing these governments, including eminent domain, annexation, open meetings and right to know, and tort liability.