Law, Power and Social Change Externship
Andrew Friedman, Dmitri Holtzman, and Kumar Rao, Lecturers-in-Law (2 graded academic and 2 ungraded fieldwork credits)
The Law, Power, and Social Change Externship will expose students to the varied and important roles that lawyers are playing in policy experimentation and innovation in states and cities across the country. Course content and fieldwork will focus on the roles lawyers can play in supporting community-conceived policy initiatives at the city and state level - from analyzing constraints on local authority to drafting policy proposals to engaging in the political fight to win passage. Substantive issues covered in the seminar, and the fieldwork assignments, will include workers' rights, immigrants' rights and immigration reform, civil rights and racial justice issues, health care access, and more.
The externship will comprise (a) a weekly, 2-hour seminar, focused on core legal issues and academic literature bearing on state and local policymaking and effective policy advocacy and (b) 10 hours per week of fieldwork in ongoing policy initiatives with the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).
The weekly seminars will be focused on core legal issues and academic literature bearing on state and local policymaking and effective policy advocacy
Students are expected to do 10 hours per week of fieldwork in ongoing policy initiatives with the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD).
Students will receive four credits total, two graded academic credits for the in-class seminar and two ungraded credits for the field work component. The seminar will be graded on weekly class participation, class presentations and simulations, periodic short reflection papers on readings and fieldwork, and a final term paper.
Requirements and Application Process
The course will be open to JD and LL.M. candidates and will be limited to 10 students to facilitate active engagement and discussion. There are no prerequisites.
To apply, please complete the externship application available through LawNet. The application period is from October 8, 2019 (2PM) to October 17, 2019 (5PM). Prospective applicants may be contacted for an interview once all applications have been submitted.
Any additional questions can be sent to Susan Kraham at [email protected].