Public Law and Public Process

Course Number
GAFL 630 900
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Course Description
This class introduces students to the processes by which ideas of public policy make their way into public law. The course will examine a variety of case studies involving the interaction between public policy initiatives and how they evolve into public law. It will also involve critical examination of the processes that lead to the creation of law intended to serve the public interest. The class requires students to read accounts of public law battles and to analyze them through different metrics, including assigned reading, independent research, class discussion, papers, and a final presentation. 
This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Summer 2021 on-campus meetings will be held the following 4 Fridays and Saturdays (Fridays 9:30am-1pm, Saturdays 2pm-5:30pm  ): June 4-5, June 25-26, July 16-17, August 6-7. Class will also meet online weekly on Monday evenings from 6:30pm-7:30pm. This course has seats reserved for Fels students and gives priority to grad students. Please contact Kate McAloon at to request a permit. Seats are not guaranteed to post-bacc or undergraduate students.