Legislation, Regulation, and Public Policy

Read the course description below to learn how this course will be taught.

Class Unique: 28120

This course will be taught entirely online via Zoom. 

Although several law schools now require a class in "legislation and regulation" -- typically called "Leg-Reg" -- the traditional first-year law school curriculum still emphasizes common law adjudication. The modern legal landscape, however, is largely shaped by regulatory legislation at both the state and the federal level. This elective "Leg-Reg" 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, Wednesday 12:00 - 1:15 pm ONLINE
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Floating (administered by Faculty Assistant)

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable


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