About This Class
This course uses legal and political science perspectives to examine legislative and judicial regulation of the political process. It explores two main themes, namely, (1) how legislatures regulate campaigns, elections, and political participants, and (2) when courts should intervene in the political process. Topics for study include the legacy of Bush v. Gore; reapportionment and legislative districting; elections and ballot access; campaign finance; the right to vote; and the regulation of political action committees, political parties, unions, and corporations. The course will also examine specific election laws and regulations in Vermont.
*A research paper (18-20 pages - 60% of grade), a complaint-drafting exercise (25% of grade) and class participation (15% of grade).
Satisfies the perspective requirement.