Public Law & Regulation
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.
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