Regulatory Law and Policy

Cary Coglianese
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This seminar provides a unique educational opportunity for anyone interested in contemporary developments in regulatory law and policy across a variety of issue areas.

Throughout the term, seminar participants follow regulatory developments in real time as well as encounter some of the most up-to-date research on regulatory issues. The primary work of the seminar centers around the production of The Regulatory Review, a daily, student-produced on-line source of regulatory news, analysis, and opinion that is widely read around the world.

The format of weekly seminars varies, ranging from early lectures on the regulatory process to in-depth discussions of contemporary regulatory issues, and from critique of peer writing samples to analysis of current research articles. Seminar participants complete short writing assignments every other week which may be selected for revision and publication on The Regulatory Review through a peer editing process overseen by Professor Coglianese. The emphasis of these assignments is on producing high-quality writing of publishable caliber. Participants have the opportunity to focus their work on the regulatory law and policy issues that interest them the most.

This course is only open by permission of the instructor. Law students wishing to enroll in this seminar must submit an application to the Registrar ( by November 7th, answering the following: (1) Name and class/year or program; and (2) Why would you like to participate in the Regulatory Law & Policy seminar? Specifically, how does a writing-intensive seminar focused on regulatory issues fit with your educational and professional goals? Students will be notified whether they have been accepted for enrollment on or before November 10th.

This seminar meets weekly throughout the year, and students may enroll for the Fall Term, Spring Term, or both terms. However, priority in the Spring Term is given to students who successfully complete the seminar in the Fall Term, so space may be extremely limited if not unavailable altogether for new students wanting to take the seminar in the Spring Term. In addition, early in the Spring Term the current editorial board of The Regulatory Review makes its selection for the next year's board members, so students interested in serving on The Regulatory Review editorial board are best served by participating in the Fall Term.

The seminar is open to students from outside the law school by permission, and they too must submit an application. General priority for enrollment, though, will be given to law students. Note: This seminar serves as a prerequisite for enrollment in the Advanced Regulatory Law and Policy seminar during the following academic year. The Advanced seminar is taken by students serving on The Regulatory Review's editorial board.