Catalog No.: 544

Course Description:

This course explores the fundamentals of the legislative process, including its legal framework and role in a common law system. Topics include: the creation of legislation by both lawmakers and public initiatives; public interest advocacy and lobbying; judicial review and interpretation; legislative resources and research; career paths in legislation and public policymaking; and current issues in legislation.  The course will focus primarily on California, including the significant role of the state’s constitution, with some federal coverage.  No prerequisites.