The 2022 Data on Legislation & Regulation and Administrative Law Course Requirements at US Law Schools, by Ben Bratman
Thanks to the diligent work of my research assistant Patrick Sullivan, I have completed another annual update of the list of Legislation and Regulation (Leg Reg) and Administrative Law course requirements at ABA accredited law schools. The link to the list as a publicly viewable Google doc is here.
Among the revisions since last year, shown in bold on the list, some merely reflect corrections or recategorization, not necessarily changes adopted by the schools in 2021-2022. Still, the list contains three new schools: Hofstra, which includes legislation and administrative regulation in a required Introduction to Law course; UC Davis, which includes statutory interpretation in a similar course; and Golden Gate, which now offers Administrative Law as a 1L elective. Two schools, Utah and Tulsa, fell off the list.
The list now identifies 50 schools that require students to take Leg Reg or a course on legislation, statutory interpretation, or administrative law; six schools that impose a statutory or regulatory law course requirement with substantive course options to choose from; and eight schools that embed Leg Reg related topics in a required Elements of Law or Introduction to Law course in the 1L year. In total, that’s 64 schools imposing some sort of course requirement that exposes all of their students to statutory and/or regulatory law.
Regarding the Leg Reg (or similarly named) course more specifically, it looks like roughly 32 schools require such a course, almost all in the 1L year. Among those requiring it in the 1L year, about two-thirds offer the course in the second semester (or second or later quarter) and one-third offer it in the first semester.
As always, I take responsibility for any errors. If your school is not represented accurately, get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Bratman is a Professor of Legal Writing at Pitt Law, where he teaches Legislation & Regulation to 1L students.