Legislation & Statutory Interpretation

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

This course will be taught in person but with the option of remote participation via Zoom. 

The course focuses on the creation of legislation and then the subsequent statutory interpretation. It will discuss how the legislature exercises its power, what gives legislators their motivations, as well as different theories of interpretation. It will look at these issues from constitutional, statutory, and policy points of view. Goals of the class include understanding how proposed legislation becomes law, what U.S. Constitutional law provides about the legislative process, understanding how legistures operate, and learning skills about how to handle statutory language in practice - both on how legislatures create a statute and subsequently when courts must interpret that statute.


Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday, Wednesday 2:40 - 3:55 pm TNH 2.124
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Take-home up to 8 hrs 12/15/20

Additional Information

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


  • Legislation and Regulation: Statutes and the Creation of Public Policy - Eskridge et al.
      West , edition: 6th
      ISBN: 9781683281832   (required)