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Wash Lawyer Sem (LAW-892-001A)
Lubbers, Yeomans

Meets: 06:00 PM - 07:50 PM (T) - Room 415

Enrolled: 21 / Limit: 24


LLM (LAWG) class; JD with permission


This two-credit seminar will bring together LL.M in Law and Government students and selected J.D. students to examine how to be an effective “Washington Lawyer.” The course will focus on the core institutions of Washington lawyering, including Congress, the White House, Department of Justice, federal agencies, and the courts. It will cover 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.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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No textbook is required for the class. Readings will be posted on MyWCL. Students will be asked to read a variety of materials, including historical documents, executive branch legal opinions, transcripts, statutes, regulations, government memoranda, cases, and articles.

First Class Readings

• Thomas Susman, A Perspective on the Washington Lawyer Today, 44 ADMIN. L. REV. 1 (Winter 1992) • George Packer, The Empty Chamber, NEW YORKER (Aug. 9, 2010) • Norman J. Ornstein & Thomas Mann, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks, pp. 1-30 (2012) • Washington Post article about “Leadership War) (July 21, 2014)


The syllabus is available in the following format(s):