State and Local Government



2018 Spring

About This Class

The majority of law and policy professionals will operate primarily in arenas controlled by state and local law. This is especially true in a period marked by federal paralysis, where state and local governments are taking the initiative in environmental, social and economic arenas. This course examines the range of state and local government authority, as well the constitutional, statutory and practical limitations on its exercise. The course introduces students to the key elements of public finance, including innovative financing methods for state and local governmental initiatives. Note that an additional one-credit Ex Ad lab will be available focusing on issues of special importance to local government and city attorney practice. Method of evaluation: Take home exam. AWR is available. Prerequisites: None.

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