Curriculum Guide · Courses
Local Government Law
J.D. Course 410 | 3 credit hours
Much of our daily interaction with law and government is with local law and local government. Local governments are tasked with providing public goods as central to daily life as public schools and police; they pass laws and issue regulations governing everything from how loud parties can be to what one can eat; and, by setting property tax levels, regulating land uses and limiting building heights, they have an enormous impact on the value of what is for most families their largest asset, their home. Local government law is also extremely important to legal practice. Lawyers with practices in areas as different as real estate law, criminal defense, tax, litigation, civil rights, water law and environmental law frequently have to interact with local governmental entities – from zoning boards to local police to specialized local authorities – and with the state constitutional and legislative provisions governing what local governments can and cannot do.
Students may not receive credit for both this course and Local Government Law Seminar.