LAW 461: Legislative Analysis

This course is a hands-on introduction to legislative analysis and drafting using current, pending legislation. The course will provide the context for the legislative process, covering members of Congress, party leadership, congressional committees, and other actors who influence legislative policy. Students will learn how to analyze and draft legislation, as well as related policy documents such as position papers, floor statements, correspondence, and talking points. This course will introduce students to researching and analyzing legislation in a manner that is useful to the intended audience, and drafting clear and concise legislation that reflects the goals of the bill's sponsors. This course also aims to prepare students for undertaking congressional and legislative internships.