Fordham Law

Statutory Interpretation and Separation of Powers

This seminar examines how each Branch contributes, and ought to contribute, to the meaning and application of federal statutes. Topics covered are drawn from three areas: the role of the courts, Congress’s capacity to influence the interpretive process, and the powers wielded by agencies and the President. Reading materials consist of selections from appellate opinions, books and law review articles, and political science literature. We also will explore Constitutional implications of the current debates among judges and legal scholars.
Credits: 2

Type: SEM

Enrollment Cap: 20

Is this course open to LL.M. students? Yes

Additional information: Grades will be based primarily on a research paper; in addition, class participation will be taken into account.