A Program in Legislation
Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 65, No. 1, pp. 70-95, 2015
26 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2014 Last revised: 1 Oct 2015
Date Written: October 20, 2014
This Essay urges that Legislation be conceived of not just as a single course, but as a set of curricular and extracurricular offerings that collectively constitute an integrated program of instruction. The three of us teach at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, which may serve as a model of such a program. Since 1995, Moritz has required Legislation as a part of the first-year curriculum. We also have a variety of upper-level offerings and extracurricular activities that help students develop a practical understanding of the legislative process. This Essay makes the case for an integrated program of instruction, including both an introductory course in the first year and experiential learning opportunities in the second and third years.
Keywords: legal education, legislation, statutory interpretation, administrative law, regulation, political process, clinics
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