Many of our students have a significant interest in working in the public sector. The Government and Legislative Clinical Alliance allows students to work collaboratively with the Utah State Legislature or the Office of the Utah Attorney General, as well as public legal counsel offices representing counties, cities and special districts. Students have the opportunity to work with legislators, governmental lawyers and public administrators in the formulation of policy and legislation as well as the development and application of litigation strategies.
Work students perform in the Government and Legislative Clinical Alliance may include:
· Research and writing legal opinions and memoranda
· Examining and drafting legislation in the form of statutes, rules and regulations, ordinances and resolutions
· Trial advocacy including drafting legal pleadings and participating in court proceedings
· Participating in strategy sessions and public hearings
Work in this clinical setting will allow students to observe and participate in shaping policy and understand how it intersects with principles of law.
Students who have worked in this clinical alliance setting have influenced law in many subject matter areas including:
· Governmental liability and immunity
· Health services
· Interstate compacts
· Privacy rights
· Public lands
· Religious freedom
· Voting rights
· Water law
Participating in the Government and Legislative Clinical Alliance provides an excellent opportunity for students to network with lawyers, lobbyists, business owners, non profit organizations and government officials.