(LAWM-4050) - 3 UNITS

In the United States, statutes and regulations govern public and private conduct on almost every conceivable subject, touching the lives of each and every American. Understanding how legislation comes to be, how administrative agencies work, and how to read statutes and regulations are essential skills for every lawyer, no matter their area of practice. This course provides an introduction to the means by which legislative and executive actors regulate conduct, touching on foundational concepts explored in different contexts throughout much of the rest of the law school curriculum. Among the topics included are: the legislative power and the role and function of the legislative process, administrative powers and how agencies fit constitutionally into our governmental structure, the means and procedures by which legislatures and agencies make policy, and the way that courts interpret and otherwise review legislative and agency work.