University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Fall 2017

Course Description
This course complements the 9- credit externship placement in Washington, DC. Along with the externship placement, the goal of this course is to provide both a hand-on experience in policy making at the federal level and comprehension of the institutional, political and legal contexts in which policy making and implementation take place. This course will focus on the three dominant forums for federal policy making (Congress, agencies, and the courts), each of which corresponds to a different, but related, form of law practice. Regardless of whether one’s practice focus is primarily in: legislative advocacy or legislative law making; regulatory implementation; or litigation, the practice of law is strengthened by the knowledge and appreciation for the connected nature of these policy making forums. Beyond the practice of law in the “traditional” sense, this course is intended to contribute to skills building in policy analysis, broadly speaking. This course will build on more general public law courses in Legislation, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Federal Courts and more specific content found in such courses as Labor Law, Communications Regulation, Tax, Education, and Healthcare. It will primarily engage economic, political science, and public administration literature to expand our analytical frameworks with models of the legislative and regulatory process. At every point, students are expected to bring their work experience into the discussion and examination. Students are expected to write a seminar-length paper for the course, and satisfies the upper-level writing requirement. The class will meet four (6) weekend sessions. The sessions will be conducted on both Saturday and Sunday, and will be equivalent to three-credit hours of class time. Students are expected to have read the material for discussion in advance for in depth discussion.

Course Schedule

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation:
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2376
Office: G271