Faculty Profiles

Daniel Lowenstein

Daniel Hays Lowenstein

Professor of Law Emeritus
A.B. Yale, 1964
LL.B. Harvard, 1967
UCLA Faculty Since 1979

LAW 420 - Statutory Interpretation

Statutory interpretation is a pervasive ​activity for most lawyers, yet practice does not typically give a lawyer a comprehensive view of the subject.  This course will give students an introductory overview of both practical considerations and doctrines in statutory interpretation and of theories of statutory interpretation.  Unlike most areas of legal theory, theories of statutory interpretation have practical significance, as evidenced by the fact that the most prominent theorists include highly-placed judges, such as Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia.  The subject is both fun--it bears some similarities to (and also some differences from) literary interpretation--and significant, as it is crucial for the rule of law.  On the other hand, it must be conceded that reading statutes, in itself, is not fun.  A certain amount of that will be required.  Students will be evaluated on class participation, two papers of roughly five pages, and an open-book, multiple-choice final examination.