LW.11029 / LW.10105
Fall and Spring semesters
The Regulatory Policy 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 the Policy Integrity website.
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 and regulatory policy 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 related litigation) 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.
Students work 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 amicus curiae. Projects also target a wide variety of federal and state decision-makers, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Department of Education, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and the Supreme Court. 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.
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 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.
Students interested in applying for the clinic should submit the standard application, resume, and transcript online through CAMS. A short interview is also required and can be scheduled through the CAMS system. If you have questions regarding the application procedure, please contact Jack Lienke at Policy Integrity.
* 5 credits include 3 clinical (fieldwork) credits and 2 academic seminar credits per semester.