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PLAN-604 Planning Law

3 Credits

Planners must have an understanding of how the legal system shapes the analysis, organization, and articulation of public goals and interests. This course covers the following subjects as they relate to the definition and achievement of concerted social action: the structure of government; the scope of authority of agencies and the substantive and procedural limits on various kinds of private and public actions; the major concepts of the law in which planning programs may be structured and planning disputes resolved; the vocabulary and procedural framework of legal dispute resolution; the ability to read statutes and regulations, find case law, and comprehend judicial opinions; the concepts of constitutional law, common law, case precedents and judicial review; and advocacy and the adversarial process as the basic method of dispute resolution.