An introduction to the various approaches courts use to interpret statutes, and an exploration of the fundamentals of the legislative process. Particular emphasis on California and public interest advocacy, with some federal coverage. Topics include: the tools of statutory analysis, the creation of legislation and its role in a common law system, lobbying, the California constitution, legislative resources, career paths in legislation and public policy, and current issues.
Class meets Jan 8th through March 5th. There will be a mandatory workshop Friday, March 1st from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 2nd from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.