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JD Graduation Requirements

This course typically satisfies all or some of the following JD graduation requirements:
  • Writing

The Congress

This course examines the institution of the Congress, concentrating on developing an appreciation of the operation of the Congress within our constitutional system, and also an appreciation of the forces and constraints influencing the decisions of members. The role of constituents, interest groups, the media, staff, the congressional leadership and the administration are among the influences examined. Topics critically examined include: campaign finance reform and congressional ethics, the budget process, committee structure and the role of committees, and the processes of legislating, conducting oversight and approving nominations and treaties. A major component of most classes is a case study, researched and presented by student teams. The course is cross registered with the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.