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Legislation and the Law of Political Process

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A large part of the work done by lawyers involves drafting, enforcing, implementing, interpreting, and litigating about statutes. In addition, many lawyers deal regularly with legislative bodies. A knowledge and appreciation of the legislative lawmaking process is not only a prerequisite to working with legislative bodies but an important aid in working with statutes, ordinances, and regulations. Moreover, a lawyer’s knowledge of legal remedies must include that which might be called the legislative remedy.

Legislation, as a subject of study in law school, does not present itself as a coherent body of law, information, or processes. Rather, it generally combines a mix of knowledge and ideas, such as constitutional law, legislative rules and procedures, political philosophies and traditions, statutes as a source of public policy, statutory drafting, and statutory interpretation.

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