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The Chance to Learn by Doing

Students exploring the intersection of law and public policy at Stanford have had the opportunity to:

Work with legislators, advocates, lawyers, and scientists to pass the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), California’s landmark law limiting statewide greenhouse gas emissions.

Study select areas of California law on behalf of the state legislature at the California Law Revision Commission.

Investigate the political implications of excluding prison guards (and their powerful lobbying organization) in efforts to reform the juvenile justice system.

Research conflict-related internal displacement in Nepal for INHURED International, an international human rights organization headquartered in Nepal.

Conduct field research and compile a report on police reform efforts in South Africa’s two most problematic police stations on behalf of the South African Institute for Security Studies.

Represent the International Crisis Group at meetings with other NGOs and with foreign officials on foreign policy issues; draft opinion pieces, Senate testimony, and letters to policymakers.

Extern for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s chief counsel, which involved some policy-oriented responsibilities like coordinating legal analysis and policy development.

Review and analyze proposed legislation before the California State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife as a legal intern for the committee.