Government Practice

Government practice is a broad area that includes constitutional law, legislative regulation, and regulation by administrative agencies. If you intend to pursue government practice, it can involve litigation in court or before agencies; lobbying, including legislative drafting; and client counseling. Washington, DC and the state capitals provide the greatest concentration of opportunities for government practice, but wherever you practice, you may deal with issues involving the government and regulated clients. Government practice encompasses subject matters ranging from civil rights to immigration to environmental law. Accordingly, the optimal design of your academic preparation for a career in public law will depend on your particular subject matter interests. You should choose courses from the list below, chosen because they will prepare you for government practice. You should also consult the menu of elective courses, grouped by subject matter, that deal with topics falling in various areas of government practice. If you are interested in criminal law practice, public interest practice, or international law, you should consult the practice guide for that area.

General Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • American Legal History
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Complex Litigation Theory
  • Computer Apps in Litigation
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Convention/Bill of Rights
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Evidence
  • Federal Courts/Federal Systems
  • Immigration Law
  • Internet Law
  • Justice and Rights (First Year Elective)
  • Negotiation & Mediation Advocacy
  • Regulation of Financial Instititutions
  • Transnational Litigation
  • Trial Advocacy
    • Intensive Trial Advocacy
    • Trial Practice Competition
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy

 

 

Practical Writing Courses

  • Legal Writing 3 (LW3): Litigation
    •  2nd Year students only. Students must complete this course or LW3: Transactional before taking a Practical Writing course
  • Administrative Practice
  • Civil Pretrial Practice
  • Contract Drafting
  • Litigation Drafting
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Securities Litigation and Enforcement (6th Semester Legal Writing course)

Research Paper Courses

  • Advanced Intellectual Property
  • Advanced Separation of Powers
  • Education Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Law & Religion
  • Police Conduct 
  • Privacy Law 
  • Public Interest Lawyering
  • Retirement Policy: Selected Topics
  • Securities Litigation
  • Selected Topics: Securities
  • Separation of Powers
  • Sexuality & the Law
  • Supreme Court

 

 

 

Clinics & Externships

  • Civil Justice Clinic
  • Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES)
  • Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic
  • Federal Tax Clinic
  • City of Philadelphia Law Department Externship
  • Education Law Center 
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
  • Internal Revenue 
  • Judicial Externships
  • Legislative Externship
  • New Jersey Attorney General’s Office
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Philadelphia Supreme Court--Office of Disciplinary Counsel 
  • Philadelphia City Council 
  • U.S. Department of Education 
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • U.S. Social Security Administration

 

 

Areas of Government Practice

  • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
    • Advanced Separation of Powers Seminar
    • Because of Sex: Sexual Discrimination
    • Civil Rights Litigation: Beyond the Constitution
    • Civil Rights Litigation: Enforcing the Constitution
    • Constitutional Convention/Bill of Rights
    • Law and Religion
    • Police Conduct
    • Privacy Law Seminar
    • Public Interest Lawyering
    • Separation of Powers Seminar
    • Sexuality and the Law
    • Supreme Court
  • Financial Regulation
    • Antitrust
    • Bankruptcy
    • Corporate Compliance Risk Management
    • Corporate & White Collar Crime
    • Introduction to Federal Tax
    • Introduction to Taxation of Business Entities
    • Law of Investment Management
    • Regulation of Financial Institutions
    • Securities Litigation
    • Securities Litigation and Enforcement
    • Securities Regulation
    • Selected Topics in Securities Law
    • Wealth Tax
  • Labor and Employment
    • Employee Benefits
    • Employment Discrimination
    • Labor Law I and II
    • Retirement Policy
    • Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Other Areas of Government Regulation
    • Bioethics
    • Criminal Law (see Focus Area)
    • Education Law
    • Environmental Law (see Focus Area)
    • Health Law (see Focus Area)
    • Immigration Law
    • Insurance Law
    • Intellectual Property (see Focus Area)
    • Land Use Planning
    • Law of Drugs and Biologics
    • Natural Resources Law
    • Tax (see Focus Area)

 

 

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