LAW Public Interest Law & Lawyers
Civil Rights/Liberties: General
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Public Interest Law & Lawyers
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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] Civil Rights/Liberties: General
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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] as a Foundational Course : It is important for a public interest lawyer to have a broad exposure to the range of available tools and activities in a public interest practice. This course is intended to develop skills and expertise that will be useful to those who work with government agencies and non-profit entities, particularly an understanding of the contexts in which certain tools are most effective.
General course Description:
The course introduces the roles, responsibilities, strategies and challenges that characterize contemporary public interest law practice. It provides an overview of the public interest and government sectors and cause lawyering and explores the tools of policy advocacy, community collaboration, media, litigation and administrative practice, using scholarship and case studies. Topics include relationships with clients and allies; law school curriculum and culture; issues of race and class; career, professional and leadership development; and organizational and financial stability. Students collaborate in selecting and preparing some class sessions.
Course Style: A Substantive/ Perspective course looks at law from an external or non-traditional standpoint.