Legislation and Regulation
Toby Loobenfeld commented
This course seeks to provide the understanding of the legislative and administrative process that is needed to practice law in the United States in the twenty-first century. It is based on a course that students are required to take in their first year at the Harvard Law School in order to bring the first-year law school curriculum more in line with the realities of modern legal practice and the structure of our legal system – in particular, the centrality of statutes and regulations, and to teach students how judges and administrative interpreters construe these legal materials. The course includes three sections: (1) an initial overview of the law of the lawmaking process; (2) an introduction to statutory interpretation; and (3) an analysis of the regulatory process. It also includes several skills components requiring the drafting of a proposed statute and commenting on proposed administrative regulations. The course thus provides a foundation for the numerous classes that study specific statutory and regulatory schemes.