Call Number: 23923
Course Number: 6755-01
Professor: Sam Kalen
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semester Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None
Course Overview: This course consists of three components. First, the course introduces students to a prominent aspect of what occurs in legal practice, statutory construction. In many areas of legal practice, lawyers must confront how to interpret statutory or regulatory language, and this course surveys the various methods of statutory construction, including reviewing and analyzing the dominant canons of construction and when those canons are appropriately employed. As such, the course reflects the growing trend in law schools to introduce students to the importance of statutes in legal education. Second, the course introduces students to the importance of precision in legal drafting. Students are taught how to draft legislation, including reviewing the various rules of what should and should not be done when drafting legislation. And students are asked to engage in sample drafting exercises. Finally, the course introduces students to the legislative process and a few critical issues that influence the process. During this part of the course, students are asked to engage in a mock legislative hearing.
Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Lecture & Class Discussion
Written Assignments: TBA with the students
Type of Exam: TBA with the students
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Class participation, assignments (if any), and exam (if any).