Federal Legislative Practice (2 credits)

This course, taught by two former Congressional aides, will provide students with a detailed overview of the Federal legislative processes. Students will learn how Congress operates, including the distinct attributes of the House and the Senate, the interactions between the Congress and the other branches of government, and the tensions between the Congress and the States. Legal and policy issues will be explored through discussion of current events and participation in practical exercises. Exercises will include policy development, legislative drafting, and negotiation and will allow students to apply skills learned in class.

The course will be structured to provide a broad base of information for students seeking to become public service lawyers as well as those generally interested in the workings of the Congress.