Advanced Legislation: Statutory Interpretation

Advanced Legislation: Statutory Interpretation

Professor Intisar Rabb
Fall 2018 course
M, T 1:30pm - 3:00pm
3 classroom credits

Prerequisite: Legislation & Regulation is a prerequisite for JD students. LLM or SJD students should have had a similar class or work experience in their prior legal education or work as a lawyer, before permission can be granted to take the course.

Exam Type: One Day Take-Home

With the presence and passing of Justice Scalia from the Court, statutory interpretation has come to occupy – alongside constitutional law – the locus of arguments around theories of how to interpret law. Moreover, most modern law is contained in statutes and administrative regulations, which lawyers tend to confront alongside case law in almost every area of practice. Building on basic concepts of Legislation and Regulation, this course aims to further explore theories of the legislative process, judicial interpretation of statutes, and agency implementation of legislation. We will explore ongoing controversies about legislation, regulation, and interpretation, including deep debates about textualist, purposive and dynamic interpretation; about the use of legislative history and canons of construction; and about the constitutional foundations of statutory interpretation. Although there is no single subject matter focus of the course, a significant portion of the substantive areas of law will cover criminal law and anti-discrimination law.

Subject Areas: Government Structure & Function, Constitutional Law & Civil Rights, Legal & Political Theory