State and Local Government Policy Clinic (YR-Fall)

Section 1, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 10/10
Credits: 4

Course Description

This course is the first half of a year-long clinic. The State and Local Government Policy Clinic will provide students the opportunity to be directly involved in the practice of actual law and policy making. Specifically, students will provide research and analytical assistance to members of the Virginia General Assembly, officials in state executive branch agencies, and/or local government officials, as they develop legislative or policy proposals and, when appropriate, assist their government clients in advocating for the proposals or legislative ideas they develop. While each student will have more than one project, and projects will vary depending on assignments, during the academic year all clinic students will have the opportunity to work with individual legislators in the Virginia General Assembly to craft legislation and work to secure passage of their proposed bills.

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
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Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be expected to responsibly and diligently handle their clinic projects, and engage in all activities necessary to fulfill their responsibilities to their client partners, including conducting client meetings, legal and policy research, writing decision briefs, meeting with stakeholders, and experts, to inform various policy proposals, negotiating final policy or legislative approaches, drafting legislation, crafting communication materials regarding legislative or policy proposals, participating in direct legislative advocacy during the General Assembly session including crafting summary materials of their proposals, meeting with individual legislators to advocate for their proposals, and/or offering testimony to legislative or other policy bodies. While the workload will vary by week, students should expect to work between 10-15 hours per week. In the fall that work will include class preparation and class time.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Because the credits in this course count toward the JD Program Professional Skills requirement, JD candidates will be given enrollment priority for this class Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: 4 credits awarded toward the degree at the conclusion of the fall semester on a Credit/No Credit grading basis. At the conclusion of the spring semester, 4 credits awarded toward the degree on a letter-grade grading basis. The letter grade at the conclusion of the spring term takes into account the work during both fall and spring terms. However, the spring letter grade will only attach to the 4 credits awarded in the spring semester. APPLICATION REQUIRED: Applications will be required to guarantee a clinic slot, although if there are more applications that slots the faculty supervisor will select the final group of students. In addition to gauging student interest in particular policy areas, and how clinic participation will further a student’s educational or professional goals, the primary purposes of the application are to create a class with students holding diverse political and policy interests, and, ideally, match student issue interests with appropriate legislative and policy projects. However, if there are still slots available after the application process, students can fill those during the normal course enrollment procedure.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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