Students who enroll in this offering may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.
Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.
Required Class Component: Systemic Advocacy for Safe and Supportive Schools (2 spring classroom credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.
Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.
By Permission: No.
Add/Drop Deadline: November 27, 2019.
LLM Students: LLM students interested in this clinic should be in contact with the clinic directly.
Placement Site: HLS.
The Education Law Clinic is part of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI), a collaboration between HLS and Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC), the mission of which is to ensure that all children, including those traumatized by exposure to violence and other adverse childhood experiences, succeed in school. Students in this clinic will participate directly in TLPI’s ongoing multi-strategic advocacy campaign. Students will learn by doing state-level legislative and administrative lawyering work that furthers the mission of TLPI. Specific activities will vary depending on the semester, but they can include: drafting legislation; meeting with members of the legislature, the education bureaucracy, and their staff; drafting and distributing media advisories, op-eds and press releases; communicating with and rallying constituents to put pressure on their lawmakers; organizing an agenda for and participating in a coalition meeting; using branding and media as strategies for effectively conveying a message; and using empirical research as part of an advocacy strategy. Students will have the opportunity to develop their writing skills by working on a variety of documents that are important in the law- and policy-making process; again, this will vary by semester but can include statutes, regulatory comments and language, briefing materials, talking points, correspondence, and communications to the media. Students will gain an understanding of roles that are critical to executing effectively a legislative and/or administrative campaign: strategist, policy researcher, legislative lawyer, lobby manager, outreach strategist, and communications director.