Gun Safety Legislative Advocacy Clinic
The clinic challenges 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: 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 immerses 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 conduct legal and social science research, write policy papers and bill drafts, and engage in simulations of bill negotiations or legislative hearings. Some clinic meetings take place at Everytown’s Manhattan offices. The clinic seminar meets weekly for an hour and forty minutes. Students are expected to complete an average of 12–16 hours of work, including the seminars.
Approved for Experiential Learning Requirement. Enrollment is limited. Registration is binding. Application is required, and can be found on the Office of Clinical and Experiential Learning section of the NYLS Portal.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Government/Public Sector; Immigration; International Law/Human Rights; General Practice – Litigation/Dispute Resolution