Public Policy Lawyering Skills – LPCY 806

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

A study of selected law skills involved in the public policy arena, drawn from the following areas: drafting legislation; drafting memoranda in support of legislation; planning and creating legal structures necessary to operate election campaigns, to comply with on-going campaign finance and disclosure laws, and to dissolve campaigns; planning and operating political campaigns and lobbying organizations; and complying with disclosure requirements by organizations that involve themselves in public policy matters.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course provides doctoral level students with an introduction to and foundation in key aspects of fundamental concepts and select constitutional law and Supreme Court jurisprudence shaping the electoral and public policy process in the United States. As such, this course provides students with an introduction to public policy law that is essential to the serious study of public policy.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250–300 words. All sources must be cited in current APA format.

Supreme Court Precedent Research Paper Assignments (5)

The student will write thoroughly researched and well-reasoned research papers evaluating select Supreme Court jurisprudence in light of biblical principles and fundamental principles of liberty, democracy, and representative self-governance and will compare and contrast competing ideas of constitutional law and/or constitutional interpretation. Research papers must be 5-8 pages written in current APA or Turabian format and must include at least 5 references to scholarly, legal, or otherwise appropriate sources in addition to the course texts, assigned readings, and the Bible.