Legislative Process: Institutions & Interpretation | L4382

This course is designed to be a three credit introductory course on the legislative process. This course focuses on theories of the process through an examination of theories of representation, theories of deliberation, direct democracy, and due process of lawmaking. Finally, this course will also explore legisprudence. Legisprudence explores theories of statutory interpretation and constitutional/statutory provisions which govern the political process and its participants. This course is intended to serve very practical goals. Students considering careers as legislative drafters, legislative staffers, elected officials, lobbyists or activists should emerge from this course with an understanding of the legislative process and a sense of how courts, agencies, and the executive branch are likely to interpret statutes. For litigators, this will course will provide you with the tools to convince the courts that your interpretation of a statute is the correct one. And for those students whose careers will require advising others about the meaning of statutes, this course will help provide the skills needed to perform that task.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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