This practical course will introduce students to the legislative drafting process, including the tools required for effectively crafting legislation. Students will first learn the fundamental concepts necessary for successful legislative drafting from a practitioner's perspective, including what statutes do, concerns and solutions regarding their enforcement, and executive and judicial encroachment on the legislative power. During the remainder of the semester, students will work in pairs to draft or revise legislation related to a topic of their choice. This will include, at times, acting as a "citizen" commenter, regulator and/or judge regarding student-drafted legislation. Individual feedback will be given throughout the semester both in class and in conference. By introducing students to all of the actors involved in the legislative process, the goal is to help students detect and appreciate concerns that arise from inartful drafting, which could be mitigated before enactment, rather than only upon post-enactment judicial review.
For details on class times, days of the week, instructors, and grading and exam details, please view the Michigan Law Class Schedule.