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Fall 2017
5297 Texas Legislative Advocacy - SMITH,E- 25926

Professor(s): Erin Smith (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Law And Society/ Interdisciplinary 

Time: 6:00p-8:00p  TH  Location: 4  BLB

Course Outline: As an attorney, your clients will look to you for guidance on the law. Many times, the law will be in existence already. But what if you could help shape the law as it is written? What if you need to change the law for your client to find relief? This course will teach you how to engage in the legislative process, to understand the legislative process as well as the players. This course will feature many guest speakers such as State Senators, State Representatives, legislative staff and practicing government affairs attorneys. Every area of law has a corresponding state agency, and oftentimes a federal agency, and it is incumbent upon lawyers to understand the systems in place to establish law and how to advocate within that system. In particular, Texas has many opportunities for lawyers at state agencies and in legislative offices. This course is designed to prepare students for both general practice as well as an introduction to careers in public service.

Course style and workload: The style of this course will be heavy discussion, dynamic class activities and engagement with guest speakers. There will be a short assignment each week along with assigned reading at the appropriate level for a two credit course. One course will be devoted to networking strategy and will involve a reception or dinner based on the student enrollment in the course. No assigned books for the course.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

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First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: Take home exam      

This course will have:
Exam: take home exam

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type:

Bar Course: No

Course Materials (4/10/2017 7:46:18 AM)

No book required for this course