Redistricting Law |
Legislative redistricting lies at the core of some of the most consequential policy issues we face: race, partisanship, immigration, citizenship, lawmaking, and allocation of political power. How states draw legislative maps has a long and controversial history, but even by historical standards redistricting now generates an unprecedented volume of litigation - a trend that will only continue.
As a body of law, redistricting has it all -- constitutional analysis, statutory interpretation, common law jurisprudence, separation of powers, complex civil procedure, sophisticated data analysis, and profound policy consequences. This course takes an in-depth approach to this deep and rich body of law, and students will gain an understanding of the art of mapmaking, traditional redistricting criteria, one-person one-vote jurisprudence, the Voting Rights Act, racial gerrymandering, partisan gerrymandering, court procedure, and practical federalism issues.
Be prepared for a challenging, fun, and highly rewarding class
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)