The Lawyer as Policy-Maker
Founded in 1997, the Legislative Clinic is one of only a handful of law school clinical programs in the nation devoted exclusively to legislative lawyering and the formation of public policy. The Clinic combines federal legislative fieldwork in Congress with a classroom seminar involving academic readings, simulations, guest speakers, and legislative drafting exercises.
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Legislative Clinic releases new report on the rarely reported issue of medical deportation in the U.S.: The National Law Review
Penn Law & Free Migration Project report reveals ongoing unreported violations of patient rights with medical deportations
The authors of the report include Toll Public Interest Fellow Erica V. Rodarte Costa L’22, Jacqueline Monnat L’21, and Free Migration Project’s Executive Director David Bennion and Program Coordinator Adrianna Torres-García.
Practice Professor Louis S. Rulli guides the Legislative Clinic through which law students receive placements in various legislative offices from the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to the City Council of Philadelphia.
Helen Eisner L’12 explains the investigative work done by the Office of Congressional Ethics.
The Clinical Education
In their field work, students engage in a broad range of legislative activity, including
- Drafting proposed legislation
- Preparing legislators and staff for important committee hearings and meetings with lobbyists
- Conducting research and analysis in order to develop legislative solutions to public policy issues and individual constituent concerns
Through the combination of classroom and field work, students gain a deeper understanding of federal and state legislative process, legislative drafting, theories of statutory interpretation, constitutional restrictions on lawmaking, legislative advocacy, lobbying accountability and disclosure, and ethical issues confronting legislative lawyers – and they have a unique opportunity to be directly involved with some of the most important public policy issues of our time.
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies
3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104