The clinic will challenge students to design and advocate for gun safety legislation, and to analyze and fight against gun lobby legislation, in statehouse fights across the country.
Working with Everytown for Gun Safety, students will: research statutes to identify gaps in public safety, draft proposed legislation to reform the law, and prepare and implement campaigns to enact those bills; and identify and analyze dangerous gun lobby bills, research the history of relevant laws and similar legislation, and work to defeat that attack on public safety.
This course will immerse students in the policy work of the nation’s largest gun violence prevention organization, exposing them to the legislative lawyer’s work of bill drafting and analysis, effective communication, and coalition-building. Students will conduct legal and social science research, and write policy papers and bill drafts, and will engage in simulations of bill negotiations or legislative hearings. Some clinic meetings will take place at Everytown’s Manhattan offices. The clinic seminar will meet weekly for an hour and forty minutes. Students will be expected to complete an average of 12 to 16 hours of work, including the seminars.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; International Law/Human Rights; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution
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Instructor: Adjunct Professors Jonas Oransky and William Rosen
4 Credits (One Semester Clinic: Spring)
This course is approved for the Experiential Learning Requirement.
Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding.
To Apply to this Clinic, please visit the OCEL Application Information Page