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public interest law

At first glance, one might mistakenly believe that administrative law, constitutional law, and legislation are distinct subject areas without a necessary relationship to one another. In reality, Congress enacts a law, an agency implements it, a court interprets and reviews the statute and subsequent agency action and Congress potentially amends the law to “overrule” unpopular agency action or judicial decisions. Partly because “public law” litigation routinely involves regulatory, interpretive and constitutional issues (often within a single case), this concentration is designed to provide students who are interested in public law with a more sophisticated understanding of the entire process. The curriculum is designed to give participants a strong background in each of the foregoing areas, as well as federal jurisdiction (where many of the issues play out). Students then are allowed to choose other public law courses that match their substantive interests and likely practice areas. The Public Law & Regulation focus will primarily benefit students who are interested in obtaining judicial clerkships, government employment, and/or private sector jobs that involve serving the public interest or representing clients in heavily regulated industries.

Courses Credits
Administrative Law 3
Admiralty Law 2-3
Advanced Topics in Indian Law 2-3
Air Pollution & Law 2
Antitrust Law 2
Bill of Rights Seminar 2
Bioethics 2
Canadian Charter of Rights 2
Civil Rights Seminar 2
Communications Law 2
Comparative Constitutional Law 2-3
Constitutional Law Topics: Free Expression 2
Constitutional Theory Seminar 2
Courts & Social Policy 2
Disability Law 2
Education Law 2
Elder Law 2
Election Law 2
Employment Law 3
Employment Discriminiation Law 3
Environmental Law 3
Externship (DC Externship or as approved) 3
Federal Indian Law 3
Federal Jurisdiction 3
Food and Drug Law 2
Hazardous Waste Law 3
Health Care Fraud & Abuse 2
Health Care Law 3
Immigration Law 2
Insurance Law 2
International Trade Remedies 3
Introduction to American Jurisprudence 2
Jurisprudence 2
Labor Law 3
Law and Economics 2
Law and Religion 2
Leadership, Power & Responsibility 2
Legislation 3
Legislative Drafting 2
Natural Resources Law 2
Public Employment Labor Law 2
Public Health Law 2
Regulated Industries 3
Securities Litigation Seminar 2
Securities Regulation 3
State & Local Government 2
State Constitutional Law 2
Tribal Judiciaries and Taxation of Indigenous Peoples 3
Water Law 2
Wetlands Protection Law 2
Workers’ Compensation 2

For more information, contact:

Assistant Dean Glen Staszewski
517-432-6888
glen.staszewski@law.msu.edu


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