Delaney Public Policy Scholars Program
J.D. Seminar 1251
| 5 credit hours
The Delaney Public Policy Scholars Program is designed for students who will be working in a public policy-related internship/job in the summer of 2016 and who wish to simultaneously develop their expertise and skills in this area through a related course. This course is open to students who have completed their first year.
SEMINAR: The Delaney Public Policy course will be taught by Professor Laurie Rubiner, Chief-of-Staff to Senator Richard Blumenthal. Through the course, Delaney Public Policy Scholars will develop skills in how to be an effective public policy lawyer. Specifically, the course will focus on the intersection between emerging legal issues and how those issues are best pursued in the context of public policy coalition building, legislative and media strategy, and grassroots advocacy. The course will meet on Thursdays from 5:45-9:05 p.m. throughout the eight-week summer session.
FIELDWORK: Delaney Public Policy Scholars must find their own public policy-related internships and commit to working 30 hours/week. For the purpose of this program, the definition of public policy is broad; we ask that applicants explain how their work relates to public policy in the application (see below). Students must be supervised by a lawyer.
APPLICATION PROCESS: To apply to be a Delaney Public Policy Scholar, please send the following documents to Rachel Taylor, Assistant Dean of Experiential Education (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 9:00 a.m. on Friday April 1, 2016:
Any student who has not secured a placement by the April 1 deadline may still apply and should discuss the status of their potential fieldwork options in their application materials. Seats will be awarded first to those students who have placements lined up; if space permits, however, others may be admitted as placements are subsequently confirmed.
- Responses to the following questions:
- Where is your placement?
- Who will be supervising you? Is this person an attorney? What is their position within the office?
- What will your responsibilities be? Will your work be legal in nature?
- How many hours/week will you be working?
- How will your work relate to public policy?
- Why are you interested in taking this course?
- A resume
All Delaney Public Policy Scholars must attend the seminar sessions in-person. It is not possible to participate in this program remotely.
All Delaney Public Policy Scholars will receive two credits for the seminar. Those Scholars who work for a non-profit or government entity and are not being paid may elect to earn three additional pass/fail credits for their fieldwork.
Delaney Public Policy Scholars may not simultaneously receive EJF funding. Full-time students will pay no tuition for this program. Part-time students will pay by the credit hour.
Students may not receive credit for this course and for the program D.C. Advantage: Public Policy (formerly D.C. Advantage: Congress).
Students may not concurrently take this course and an externship.
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