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Fall 2022
5346 State & Local Gov't Law - ZALE- 24748

Professor(s): Kellen Zale (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Constitutional and Criminal Law 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  MW  Location: 100 

Course Outline: While much of law school focuses on federal law, state and local law affects people more directly and concretely. States and local governments have substantial law-making and regulatory authority in areas as diverse as education policy, civil rights, tax law, land use and environmental issues. In addition, states and local governments are responsible for the financing and provision of most public services, and are the locus of much political participation by voters. This course examines both the law governing the powers of states and local governments and the actual content of state and local laws and policy. The course will also consider the relationships among various levels of government, including federal-state relations, state-local relations and intra-local relations.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Hybrid)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Hybrid means that some of the weekly class sessions are virtual, and some are face-to-face. By definition, the hybrid instruction mode only applies to a course that meets two or more times a week. The instructor’s syllabus should indicate which regular days are virtual and which are face-to-face. A physical classroom may be assigned for the virtual class sessions to give students a location in the Law Center to join them. If the course has a final examination, it will be conducted in a classroom in face-to-face mode requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid term exam, may also be in a classroom.


First Day Assignments: First day assignment: Casebook - 1-37

Final Exam Schedule: Take home exam      

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: Yes

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials (3/7/2022 11:14:08 AM)

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Cases and Materials on State and Local Government Law; Briffault, Richard and Reynolds, Laurie (West, 8th ed. 2016) ISBN: 9780314285010