Skills for Impact – Practical Legal skills for Public Policy Students

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Mandatory Elective for MPA students

MPA students have to complete 10 credits in total over the 2 years of the program; including the mandatory SFI. MPA students have registration priority

MAPP, MAIPA and Mundus MAPP students may choose up to 2 credits of M/E SFI-s if free slots are available

Legal skills of analysis, clear thinking and accurate writing are invaluable for anyone entering the job market. This course provides an opportunity for public policy students to develop practical legal skills that will be of assistance to them in their future careers. The course will focus on some of the skills that support and develop on the other ‘law for public policy students’ courses provided by the instructor. This will include how to analyse legislation and legal texts, how to read a court judgment, locating legal documents and materials (research), the basics of making clear legal arguments and recommendations, formalities for accessing avenues for redress (national & international legal mechanisms), legal analysis and legal drafting (in particular, referencing and accuracy requirements) and negotiation. The main subject-matter focus will be international law (including human rights).

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This practical course will provide students with opportunities to apply their skills through a series of in-class individual and team exercises. Students will develop skills of analysis, writing, research and clear communication. 


Students are required to do the pre-course readings, and to be present and actively participate throughout the course. 

 The credits for the course are earned on a Pass/Fail basis. 


None. This course is designed for public policy students and does not require a legal background.