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Legislative Clinic (Harris)

Spring 2023   LAW 745-001  

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Additional Information
Experiential Course


Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Drafting Legal Documents
Other Professional Skills:

100% Other (Class participation counts toward grading, along with all assignments, drafting exercises, journals, and presentations. There is no final examination, but there is a final legislative drafting assignment.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

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 make PowerPoint slides or other class materials available to you.

Meeting Times/Location
M 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Tanenbaum Hall 142



PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES FOR CLINICS AVAILABLE ON THE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTION PAGE. You may not enroll in this course if: a) you are enrolled in another clinical course, or an externship in the same semester; or b) you are responsible for 1 or more incomplete grades at the beginning of the semester without express permission from the Clinic Director. You must appear at the first meeting of the course, or you may be automatically dropped (unless you have advance permission from the instructor). The drop/add period for this course ends at 4:30 p.m. on the FIRST Friday of the semester - one week earlier than other courses). Students who elect to use their enrollment in the Clinic to satisfy their Public Service requirement will receive one less credit for this course. Students who secure commitments for acceptable legislative placements prior to the close of the course enrollment period may be accorded enrollment priority by the instructor.

TThe Legislative Clinic is offered for 7 credits and is open to 3L and 2L students who are interested in legislation and public policy. The seminar component of the Clinic will meet on Mondays from 3:00pm until 5:00pm. In addition, each student will be required to secure an approved legislative placement of your choosing that meets the goals of the Clinic. The legislative placement can be in Congress or with a state or local legislature, an executive branch agency that is engaged in legislative or public policy work, or a non-profit advocacy organization pursuing legislative change. You must spend a minimum of two days per week at your legislative placement. In addition to your legislative placement, there are legislative drafting assignments and student presentation requirements for the seminar. To learn more about the Legislative Clinic, visit the website which has a listing of prior legislative placements and offers tips from prior clinic students on finding a legislative placement. You may also want to read the article, Legislative Clinic opens doors for students passionate about public policy, at https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/news/10204-legislative-clinic-opens-doors-for-students. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Rulli at lrulli@law.upenn.edu or Professor Harris at joshuh@law.upenn.edu.

The course is 7 credits (requiring 21 hours per week on average). The seminar portion of the course meets weekly for two hours. Enrollment is limited. Attendance is mandatory and class participation counts in grading. There is no final examination, however there are required statutory drafting assignments, simulation exercises, oral presentations, and journaling responsibilities.

Students intending to enroll in the course must arrange their class schedules such that they can spend two to three days during the week at their legislative placements. The seminar component of the clinic is held on Mondays and so legislative placements should occur on other days of the week. The clinic has a travel policy that will assist students with the cost of travel to legislative placements outside of Philadelphia.

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.

Professional Responsibility and Ethics Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

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.


"Plain English for Drafting Statutes and Rules" by Robert J. Martineau and Robert J. Martineau Jr.
Edition: Latest
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
ISBN: 9781422499146