This course is designed to teach the fundamentals of drafting, editing, and analyzing statutes, the importance of effective statutory drafting, and how the legislative process operates. It examines the constitutional and statutory requirements of legislation, the structure of a legislative bill draft, the various parts that comprise it, and the importance of each part to the finished product. It will provide insight into the methods courts use to interpret statutory language to form basic rules of statutory construction. Emphasis will be placed on the student participating in the drafting and editing of legislation, and the final exam requires the student to analyze an unseen legislative draft.
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