The Washington Lawyer


The Washington Lawyer Seminar is a two-credit seminar that brings together LL.M. in Law and Government students to examine how to be an effective “Washington Lawyer.” The course focuses on the core institutions of Washington lawyering, including Congress, the White House, Department of Justice, federal agencies, and the courts. It covers such topics as congressional oversight and lawmaking, nominations, setting law and legal policy for the Executive Branch, the Administrative Procedure Act and other major statutes, and the roles of the media, public interest groups, lobbyists, ethics requirements, and money.

The seminar introduces students to the institutions and roles that distinguish Washington lawyering through readings, class discussion, guest speakers, and student role-playing exercises. This introduction to legal practice in this challenging environment is intended to be useful for students who will interact as lawyers with government in any form and on any level.

This course is offered in the Fall semester only. Students may write longer papers and expand the two-credit course to three or four credits with the approval of the professor. Foreign-trained LLM students have the option of auditing The Washington Lawyer either concurrently or after they complete American Legal Institutions . Interested students should contact Amy Tenney for assistance with registering.