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Spring 2020

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
01-13-2020 - 04-21-2020   WF  11:00 AM-12:20 PM F302

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: 6th edition
    ISBN: 9781683281832

Additional Materials:
Book was finalize to the 6th edition on 1/7/20. Hold order until Professor Blatt finalize, New edition will be sent to the Professor to review and decide on the 5th edition or new 6th edition. Thank You  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Wednesday January 15, 2020 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 Eskridge, Frickey, Garrett & Brudney Legislation, pages 38, 53-56 these pages are from the 5th edition, available on TWEN.

    Eskridge, Frickey, Garrett & Brudney, Cases and Materials on Legislation: Status and the Creation,
    6th edition

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Additional Information:
    Please make sure you are registered on TWEN. For assistance email Pam Lucken at or Robin Schard at Class meeting Location: Room F302 Time: 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM Dates: Wednesdays and Fridays

    First Class Assignments.pdf



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