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
  • Admiralty
  • Advanced Appellate Advocacy
  • Advanced Legal Research
  • American Legal History
  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration Law, Policy & Practice
  • Because of Sex: Sex Discrimination
  • Catholic Social Teaching and the Law
  • Civil Rights Litigation: Beyond the Constitution
  • Civil Rights Litigation: Enforcing the Constitution
  • Complex Litigation Theory
  • Constitutional Convention/Bill of Rights
  • Education Law
  • Evidence
  • Federal Courts/Federal Systems
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Immigration Law
  • International Human Rights
  • Internet Law
  • Justice and Rights (First Year Elective)
  • Law and Religion
  • Law of Higher Education
  • Privacy Law
  • Regulatory State (First Year Elective)
  • Sexuality and the Law
  • Supreme Court
  • Transnational Litigation
  • Trial Advocacy
    • Intensive Trial Advocacy
    • Trial Practice Competition
    • Advanced Trial Advocacy

Practical Writing Courses

  • Administrative Practice
  • Advanced Separation of Powers
  • Civil Pretrial Practice
  • Contract Drafting
  • Litigation Drafting
  • National Security Law
  • Police Conduct Seminar
  • Privacy Law Seminar
  • Public Interest Lawyering
  • Retirement Policy Seminar

Clinics and Externships

  • City of Philadelphia Law Department Externship
  • Civil Justice Clinic
  • Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES)
  • Committee of 70 Externship
  • Education Law Center Externship
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Externship
  • Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic
  • Federal Communications Commission Externship
  • Federal Tax Clinic
  • Internal Revenue Service Externship
  • Judicial Externships
  • Legislative Externship
  • Mexican Consulate Externship
  • National Labor Relations Board Externship
  • Pennsylvania Attorney General Externship
  • Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection Externship
  • Philadelphia City Council Externship
  • US Dept. of Education Externship
  • US Dept. of Health Externship
  • US Dept. of Homeland Security Externship
  • US Dept. of Justice Externship
  • White House Counsel Externship

Areas of Government Practice

  • Constitutional Law and Civil Rights
    • 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
    • National Security Law
    • Police Conduct
    • Privacy Law Seminar
    • Public Interest Lawyering
    • Sexuality and the Law
  • Financial Regulation
    • Antitrust
    • Bankruptcy
    • Introduction to Federal Tax
    • Introduction to Taxation of Business Entities
    • Law of Investment Management
    • Regulation of Financial Institutions
    • SEC Enforcement
    • Securities Act of 1933
    • Securities Act of 1934
    • Securities Litigation
    • Securities Regulation
    • Wealth Tax
  • Labor and Employment
    • Employee Benefits
    • Employment Discrimination
    • Labor Law I and II
    • Retirement Policy
    • Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Other Areas of Government Regulation
    • Admiralty
    • Bioethics
    • Education Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Federal Indian Law
    • Health Law
    • Immigration Law
    • Insurance Law
    • Intellectual Property (see Focus Area)
    • Land Use Planning
    • Law of Drugs and Biologics
    • Law of Higher Education
    • Managing the Water Environment
    • Natural Resources Law
    • Oil & Gas
    • Tax (see Focus Area)
Government Practice