Clinics

Regulatory Policy Clinic

LW.11029 / LW.10105
Professor Richard Revesz
Professor Jason Schwartz
Open to 3L (preferred), 2L and LL.M. students
Maximum of 8 students

Spring semester
5 credits*
Prerequisites: Legislation and the Regulatory State or Administrative Law

Introduction

The Regulatory Policy Clinic (formerly called the Administrative and Regulatory State Clinic) is sponsored by the Institute for Policy Integrity at the Law School, a think tank that works to improve the quality of government decision-making through advocacy in the fields of administrative law, economics, and public policy. The Clinic will focus on practice before federal agencies and courts to help students develop a set of core administrative lawyering skills. For more information about Policy Integrity, please visit www.policyintegrity.org.

Course Description

This course is designed to teach students how to conduct effective advocacy before administrative agencies and courts on a wide range of issues, from environmental protection to public safety. While the substantive areas of administrative law vary greatly, the course teaches a core set of skills -- including statutory interpretation, policy analysis, and understanding the political context of regulation -- that is required in all administrative law practices. The ability to critique the economic analyses that underlie agency actions is also an increasingly valuable tool for advocacy in the modern regulatory state. Through hands-on participation in regulatory proceedings and a weekly seminar that focuses on the institutional structures and substantive standards of administrative decision-making, students will have the opportunity to cultivate these skills.

Fieldwork

Students work in teams and, together with Policy Integrity’s legal advocates and economic scholars, tackle cutting-edge regulatory matters. Projects cover all rulemaking stages: drafting petitions, submitting comments, recommending changes to the regulatory process, engaging with executive reviewers, and participating in litigation as both amicus and merits counsel. Targeted agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Interior. In addition to policy analysis and administrative law skills, fieldwork provides rich opportunities for students to gain skills in collaborative problem-solving, effective communication of legal issues and strategies, working with non-legal experts, and relationship building. 

Seminar

Students will also participate in a two-hour seminar held once every week on regulatory policy and advocacy, taught by the clinic directors. Special guest speakers will also share their perspectives from inside the government, advocacy groups, and academia. Through readings, class discussions, case studies, workshops, and peer critiques, the seminar will focus on developing theoretical and practical understanding of the regulatory process, bureaucratic decision-making, and executive and judicial review of agency action. The seminar also reviews the agency practice of cost-benefit analysis and will help students build the tools to critique the economic analyses that underlie rules. Using both academic literature and fieldwork as jumping-off points, the seminar will focus on developing a rounded approach to administrative lawyering that includes consideration of the legal, policy, economic, and political issues that shape administrative decisions.

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for the clinic should submit the standard application, resume, and transcript online through CAMS. To arrange an interview, please use the CAMS system as well. LL.M. and transfer students may also apply for open spots by using CAMS and following the deadlines set online. If you have questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Policy Integrity’s legal director Jason Schwartz.

Student Contacts

Adam Axler
Margaret Clements
Hillary Coleman
Kelly Cosby
Nuveen Dhingra
Matthew Weprin


* 5 credits include 3 clinical (fieldwork) credits and 2 academic seminar credits per semester.