Law 706 - Public Policy Advocacy

Faculty listed in alphabetical order – please see faculty specific description for requisite information.

Gary Blasi Jyoti Nanda

General Course Description:

In this course, students in the Public Policy Advocacy Clinic work with clients, organizers and other advocates to devise and implement strategies for changing law or public policy in a selected area of importance to under-represented groups. Past iterations of the course have focused on the effectiveness of California antidiscrimination laws, regulation of slum housing in the City of Los Angeles, statewide programs for screening infants for lead exposure, and the quality of education provided by California public schools to low income children and children of color. Work performed by students in the course has contributed in important ways to reshaping public policy in several different areas. The specific policy issues upon which the clinic will focus in 2012 will be determined in the fall semester. Further information will be available upon request from

In the broader context of public policy advocacy, students learn lawyering skills applicable to other kinds of advocacy, including: collaborating with clients and client groups to develop effective strategies, interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting fact investigation and organizing factual information, developing and utilizing experts and expert witnesses, and evaluating the merits of both litigation and non-litigation strategies. Non-litigation strategies include lobbying and legislative drafting, organizing and coalition building, and working with the media. Although the course includes some reading of relevant theory and case studies, most of the course involves learning the tools of policy advocacy by using them in a real world context.  This is a graded 6-unit course. There is no final examination. The course requires a substantial out-of-class commitment and may require travel (the cost of which will be reimbursed). There are no prerequisites. Enrollment is limited to 12 and is by permission of the instructor.  Students should submit a vita and a one page description of their interest in public policy advocacy to the Records Office and by email to by 4:00 p.m on TBA.

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2013 - 2014.

Previous Course Offerings:

​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Gary Blasi 12S 706 LEC 1 T 3:05 PM - 4:50 PM
R 3:05 PM - 4:50 PM
6.0 No No
  Application required to enroll; deadline October 31, 2011.

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