The 2022 Data on Legislative and Regulatory and Administrative Law Course Requirements at U.S. 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 requirements for courses in Legislation and Regulation (Leg Reg) and Administrative Law at accredited law schools. ‘ABA. The link to the listing as a publicly visible Google doc is here.
Of the revisions since last year, shown in bold on the list, some simply reflect corrections or recategorisations, not necessarily changes adopted by schools in 2021-2022. Yet the list contains three new schools: Hofstra, which includes legislation and administrative regulation in a compulsory introductory law course; UC Davis, which includes statutory interpretation in a similar course; and Golden Gate, which now offers Administrative Law as a 1L option. Two schools, Utah and Tulsa, disappeared from the list.
The list now identifies 50 schools that require students to take Leg Reg or a course in 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 incorporate Leg Reg-related topics into a required Law Elements or Introduction to Law course in Year 1L. In total, 64 schools impose some kind of course requirement that exposes all of their students to statutory and/or regulatory law.
With regard more specifically to the Leg Reg course (or of the same name), it seems that approximately 32 schools require such a course, almost all in Grade 1L. Of those who need it in 1L, about two-thirds offer the course in the second semester (or second or beyond term) and one-third offer it in the first semester.
As always, I take responsibility for any errors. If your school is not accurately represented, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Bratman is a professor of legal writing at Pitt Law, where he teaches law and regulation to 1L students.