The Role of the State Attorney General - LAW 753

2 Hours

This course will examine the unique institutional role of the state AG and challenges and complexities they face in providing legal advice and representation as the state’s top legal officer — including their status within their respective state systems, their relationship to the federal government, their role in both offensive and defensive litigation on behalf of the state, and their ever-increasing role in national and even international public policy issues.

The course will also discuss the role of the state AG in shaping a host of critical legal policy issues — including criminal justice, consumer protection, environmental and other torts, and federalism. Students will become familiar with key statutes, common law theories, and case law; read scholarly and descriptive articles from a variety of sources; and engage with hypotheticals to understand and analyze the nature and function of the Office of State Attorney General.

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