Law-Making SeminarClass Term:
Spring Term 2017-2018Catalog Number:
Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy Room
3 (2 Contact, 0 Field)Graduation Requirements:
Seminar - 3rd Year PriorityFull Year Course:
Spring 2018 case studies will be: climate change, cyber security, and immigration/national security. Past case studies have included: immigration, Ebola and other epidemics, climate change, Affordable Care Act of 2010, and international rule of law. This seminar will be taught primarily from the University of Pittsburgh’s Washington Center in Washington, DC, which is connected via video-link to the law school in Pittsburgh. Students may participate either from Pittsburgh via videoconference or from Washington while participating in the Semester in DC Program. This seminar is also open to GSPIA students.
Grades will be based 50% upon a final seminar paper of 15 pages or more, 25% upon weekly reaction papers, and 25% upon participation in on-line and in-class discussion.
This seminar will explore the processes of federal law-making and public policy development through examination of a series of selected topics concerning lobbying, the legislative process, judicial challenges to new laws, and administrative rule-making and enforcement. A primary purpose of the seminar is to enrich students’ understanding of law-making and policy development by focusing on a series of case studies concerning particular laws and policies and introducing information about the relevant political dynamics, bureaucratic systems, and other real-world factors. Thus, in addition to studying written materials, students will talk with Washington-based attorneys and others who are experts in the relevant fields. The selected topics will vary from year to year.