Clinic Learning Goals:
The Government and Legislative Clinic (GLC) will provide you with a unique, hands-on opportunity to participate in the many facets of governmental law, policy creation and implementation, and the legislative and regulatory process.
Under the direct supervision of clinical faculty and on-site agency staff, you will gain rare, first-hand experience working with law and policy where your client is a legislative body or administrative agency.
Class-component Objectives and Outcomes:
The modern regulatory state touches upon nearly every aspect of our lives, including what we eat and drink, the air we breathe, the products we buy, our healthcare, employer-employee relations, business competition, financial transactions, our national security, criminal law, and much more. This seminar will strengthen your understanding of administrative law and procedures, the legal rules and principles that govern the work of the “regulatory state,” and add background and context to your externship. Throughout the semester, we will examine the legislative lawmaking processes, the implementation of statutes by administrative agencies through rulemaking and other procedures, and the role of courts in interpreting statutes and reviewing administrative action at the behest of affected private parties. In short, this course will examine the processes, purposes, efficacy and limitations of regulation through an administrative regime, rather than criminal enforcement or private law.
The specific weekly goals of the Seminar are:
1.) To introduce the materials, concepts, and tools that lawyers in government, private practice, or with a public interest organization or non-governmental organization need in a world of statutes and regulations; and
2.) To analyze and assess critically the institutions of the administrative regulatory state.