Public Law is the study of legal institutions and law from the perspective

of political science. It is concerned with the analysis of legal

institutions, the behavior of legal decision-makers and citizens, and the

study of legal and constitutional doctrine and culture. Public law seeks

to understand the role of law in society and in government. Courses and

faculty research may consider how the actions of legal decision-makers

(judges, police, regulatory officials, bureaucrats, etc.) are shaped both

by legal doctrine and by political, institutional, and social constraints.

Public Law at UC Irvine includes consideration of domestic legal topics at

the state and national level, comparative and international law, as well

as law and legal regimes as global institutions.

 

Faculty members include:

Alejandro Camacho

Erwin Chemerinsky

Howard Gillman

Bernard Grofman

Richard Hasen

Marek Kaminski

Cecelia Lynch

Carrie Menkel-Meadow

Kevin Olson

Mark Petracca

Charles A. Smith (Public Law Coordinator)

Christopher Whytock

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