Statutory Interpretation

(2930.03) Course
Instructor(s): B. Kettles & A. Porter; Adjunct Professors

Description: This course will: (a) introduce students to statutory language; and (b) give students the opportunity to develop practical skills in the interpretation and application of statutory provisions. Various topics will be discussed, including:   1.        Judicial approaches to statutory interpretation; 2.        Interpretive Theory; 3.        The nature of “legislative intent”; 4.        Maxims and Rules of Interpretation, both common law and statutory; 5.        Interpretive Presumptions; 6.        Judicial notice; 7.        Practical considerations in legislative drafting; and 7.        Evidence of legislative intent.   The overall emphasis is on the language of the law and the practical application of statutory language and concepts.

Evaluation: 60% Take-Home Examination, 25% In-Class Presentation, 15% Class Participation

Fall: 3 credits; 3 hours
Max. Enrollment: 60
Prerequisite Courses: None
Preferred Courses: None
Presentation: Lecture, Discussion
Upper Year Research & Writing Requirement: No
Praxicum: No