Regulation and Public Policy

Class Unique: 28745
The first-year law school curriculum emphasizes common law adjudication. The modern legal landscape, however, is largely shaped by regulatory legislation at both the state and the federal level. This course instills intellectual habits and teaches practical skills as it introduces students to law as public policy. The course serves as a bridge and a complement to upper-level classes in specific regulatory areas, such as environmental law, health law, welfare law, telecommunications law, and energy law. Students will begin by learning economic and non-economic justifications for regulation, and basic analytic tools for evaluating regulation. In weekly sub-units, students will learn the principal methods of regulation: self-regulation, command-and-control regulation, information disclosure, price controls, market incentives, private insurance regulation, social insurance, welfare benefits, and rationing. Students will also examine costs and benefits from regulation, distributive consequences of regulation, political forces affecting regulatory design, and defects in the regulatory process. The course illustrates these problems using a range of recent legislative and regulatory controversies, many involving American health policy and health care regulation. Because graduates of leading law schools often work in or with government, the course also teaches students to write short analytic and persuasive briefing memoranda of the type commonly used in the real world of public policy.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:30 - 11:37 am TNH 3.140
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Satisfies ABA Professional Skills Requirement


  • Hidden Order - Friedman, David
      HarperBusiness , edition: 1st Pbk. Ed edition (July 18, 1997)
      ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-0887308   (required)