Statutory Construction: A Primer on How to Read and Understand Statutory Text

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Statutory Construction: A Primer on How to Read and Understand Statutory Text

Statutory Construction: A Primer on How to Read and Understand Statutory Text

Learn general principles of statutory interpretation so that you can understand statutory text. Be apprised of the tools, conventions, and presumptions that are used to interpret statutory language. Topics covered include:

  • Determining the intent of Congress
  • Tools, not rules
  • Considering other statutes and general federal laws
  • Legislative history

Statutory Construction: A Primer on How to Read and Understand Statutory Text

Includes audio file (MP3) and course materials in a PDF file.

Available as an Audio CD or online download.

Also see Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook, by Tobias Dorsey






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