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Spring 2019

Course Description
Although first-year courses typically focus on the common law, most legal issues are addressed by statutes. This course introduces students to the world of statutory law. Drawing upon political science literature, it concentrates on how courts interpret statutes. Additional topics include the law of the legislative process, legislative drafting, and the relationship of common and statutory law. Click below to watch a video of the Professor describing this course:

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-16-2019 - 04-23-2019   WF  11:00 AM-12:20 PM A110

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered once every other year

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Final exam, written assignment and class participation.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes:
1L Elective
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions: 1L Section Only!
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
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Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Cases and Materials on Legislation: Status and the Creation
    Textbook Type: Hardcover
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Eskridge, Frickey, Garrett & Brudney
    Publisher: Thompson West
    Edition: 5th Edition
    ISBN: 9781628101737
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Wednesday January 16, 2019 Please read Federalist Papers 10 and 51, and Sunstein, Interest Groups, all available on TWEN located in the first class assignment, and at the copy center. Please also read pages 38, 53-56 in Eskridge, Frickey, Garrett, & Brudney, Legislation.

    Required Materials:
    Eskridge, Frickey, Garrett & Brudney, Cases and Materials on Legislation:Status and the Creation,
    5th edition

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Additional Information:
    Class Meeting Location:Room A110 Time: 11:00AM - 12:20 PM Dates: Wednesdays and Fridays Please make sure you are registered on TWEN. For assistance contact Pam Lucken at or Robin Schard at

    First Class Assignment.pdf



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-3644
Office: G282