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Law and Candidacy (Makhija)
Spring 2020   LAW 968-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
R 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Silverman Hall 280

Faculty
Neil Makhija

Lecturer in Law

neil@neilmakhija.com
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Expository Writing

Grading
30% Participation,
70% Paper,
Other (As part of class participation, students will be evaluated on occasional writing or workshop assignments.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

Yes

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If you are absent, due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance, email me and I can ask for volunteers among your classmates to share their notes with you.

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

This course will explore the legal aspects as well as the practical and policy issues that confront a candidate for elected office. Through a series of seminars and guest speakers, we will consider such issues as: inspiring human and financial support, developing a policy platform, complying with campaign finance law, managing the campaign organization, addressing legal questions peculiar to campaign efforts, and presenting as the candidate to the public. We will discuss how challenges and opportunities for aspiring policymakers are different in city, state, and federal elections, and among diverse electorates. The course is taught with a variety of weekly materials from case law to podcasts and film. Past guest speakers have included preeminent figures in American politics. In lieu of an exam, students will submit a final project, candidacy plan, or policy paper.

Course Concentrations

Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.

Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.

Public Interest Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of public interest law; Perform legal analysis in the context of public interest law; Communicate effectively on topics related to public interest law; Demonstrate an understanding of how public interest law is connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.

Equity and Inclusion Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equity and inclusion; Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.


Textbooks

"Election Law in a Nutshell" by Daniel Tokaji
Edition: 2nd edition
Publisher: West Academic Publishing
ISBN: 9781634602761
Required