December 30, 2008
Should Law Schools Add Legislation Course to the 1L Curriculum?
On Oct. 6, 2006, Harvard announced that it was adding a legislation and regulation course to its 1L curriculum. Ethan Leib (Hastings) commented on the development and its early critics on PrawfsBlawg. He has now published Adding Legislation Courses to the First-Year Curriculum, 58 J. Legal Ed. 166 (2008), in which he recommend that schools should seriously consider add a Legislation course to their 1L program. The article also starts the conversation about what the course should cover.
Unfortunately the Journal of Legal Education prohibits authors for uploading their articles to SSRN and the Journal does not provide copies online at its website. How 1980-ish of the Journal. [JH]
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First-year students need to receive the basics. So I don't think they need a legislation or regulation course in the first year. But they do need it! And some basics probably need to be covered in legal writing during first year. As a law librarian (with J.D.) toiling away in the trenches, I am amazed that some practicing attorneys (much less law clerks) don't understand the difference between a bill (making its way through the legislature) and a passed law. But I have run into this phenomenon on more than one occasion.
Posted by: John Hightower | Jan 3, 2009 9:51:05 AM
The 1L's here at Southern Illinois Univeristy School of Law have been required to take a course called Legislative and Administrative Process (LAP) for the past eight years. It's nice to see Harvard catching up.
Posted by: Sue Liemer | Jan 3, 2009 9:51:03 AM