Legal Tools for Protecting Democracy and the Rule of Law in America

Legal Tools for Protecting Democracy and the Rule of Law in America

Mr. Ben Berwick, Mr. Justin Florence
Fall 2017 seminar
Th 3:00pm - 5:00pm in WCC Room 3011
2 classroom credits

Students who enroll in this course may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.

Required Clinic Component: Democracy and the Rule of Law Clinic (2-5 fall clinical credits). The clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in this required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: August 29, 2017.
LLM Students: LLM students are not eligible to enroll.

This seminar is required for all students enrolled in the Democracy and the Rule of Law Clinic. The course will involve a brief introduction to the substantive issues relevant to the clinic, including risks to democracy in America, and traditional rule of law checks within and beyond the executive branch. We will then focus on legal oversight tools available to the public and other government actors; and the development and conduct of effective litigation raising constitutional, administrative law, and other issues. Finally, the course will end with consideration of longer-term legal and policy challenges to constitutional democracy in the United States, and potential solutions. Through regular presentations and discussions, students will also have the opportunity to develop their Clinic work and receive feedback from their Clinic colleagues.

Please see the Democracy and the Rule of Law Clinic course description for additional information.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice