POLĀ SCIĀ 6422 Law, Courts and Public Policy: 3 semester hours

Same as CRIMIN 6422. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing. An analysis of the role of courts as policymaking institutions and the law as policy. We will explore the role of judges as policymakers, consider the attributes of courts, (both trial and appellate) that make them appropriate yet limited targets for advocates of reform, and the implementation and impact of court decisions. We will consider recent examples of judicial involvement in state and national policymaking. In addition, we will examine the role of lawyers and interest groups in selecting litigation rather than alternative political processes for policy change.