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:
Charles A. Smith (Public Law Coordinator)