Curriculum Guide · Courses
The Regulatory State
Professor Eloise Pasachoff
J.D. Course 1035 | 3 credit hours
This course introduces students to the modern regulatory state. We will consider the place of agencies in the structure of modern federal government; justifications for regulation against the backdrop of the common law; aspects of congressional decision-making, including the legislative process, statutory design, and delegation to agencies; statutory interpretation, including both the tools of statutory interpretation and some debates surrounding them; agency implementation of statutes, focusing especially on regulations; and some of the ways that agencies are controlled by the president, Congress, and the courts. The goal of the course to teach you to understand and work with any federal statute or regulation, regardless of its content. The course is designed to give both a theoretical and a practical introduction to the laws and institutions that lawyers confront in their practices every day, whether they are government lawyers or not.
Students may not receive credit for both this course and Lawmaking: Introduction to Statutory and Regulatory Interpretation (either the first-year elective or the upperclass course with that name) or the upperclass course Administrative Law with Professor Heinzerling (LAWJ-1349). Students may take other sections of Administrative Law in the upperclass curriculum.
This course is a first-year elective. First-year day students select an elective offered in the spring.