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List of Practicums

  • Students will work in teams with lawyers and PhD economists from MedPAC and physicians from Stanford Hospital on one of two topics: expanding the healthcare workforce through reform of states' scope of practice regulation or designing antitrust policy to achieve the benefits of coordination and avoid the costs of consolidation.

  • This Policy Practicum aids the Environmental Protection Agency and Office of Management and Budget in developing economically efficient New Source Performance Standards to control greenhouse gas emissions for new and existing coal and natural gas fired electric power plants.

  • This seminar assesses China's competitive strengths in the global solar industry in support of a Steyer-Taylor Center project analyzing finance and policy approaches that could allow the United States and China to operate more strategically in an economically efficient global solar market and, by extension, contribute to a globalizing market for cleaner sources of energy.

  • Students in this Practicum support the Public Interest Law and Policy Group (PILPG), a pro bono international law firm, which is advising civil society groups in Libya on constitutional issues and decentralization. Students develop a legal memorandum analyzing comparative state practice of the distribution of powers between the national executive and provincial level executives in federal or decentralized states.

  • Students will work collaboratively to assist the San Mateo Superior Court develop and implement an online mediation process for the Small Claims and Family Law divisions.

  • Working closely with the Law School’s Environmental Law Clinic on an environmental suit against the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, this practicum researches a possible remediation regime for polluted surface and ground waters in the Salinas River Valley and Elkhorn Slough. 

  • Students will work with policymakers in Sacramento and Washington this fall in evaluating new regulatory and market-based options to address the environmental impacts of energy-related projects.

  • Students will research administrative problems that have plagued recent elections, as well as potential reform proposals.

  • This Practicum is producing the first patent litigation database to comprehensively identify and categorize patent plaintiffs in order to better understand the economic impact of patent trolls and their litigation.

  • By researching options and technologies to bring California courts into compliance with federal and state law, this policy practicum recommends reforms to enhance access to justice for limited English proficient (LEP) litigants and other court users.

  • Students will analyze the current state of human rights and the criminal justice system in one or more countries in the Americas, paying particular attention to pretrial detention and prison overcrowding.

  • In teams with social psychologists and the Delete Blood Cancer organization, law students will analyze the legal concerns associated with potential changes to donation recruitment techniques. 

  • Students work closely with the U.S. Copyright Office and Register of Copyrights to research a broad array of policy options that may enhance current copyright ownership management, including recordation and registration procedures.

  • In this practicum students work collaboratively with California Law Revision Commission staff to identify, research, and analyze issues related to mediation confidentiality and attorney malpractice.

  • This Practicum assesses options to help develop next generation policy for the Federal Communications Commission in the wake of a court decision striking down core provisions of the Commission’s Open Internet Order of 2010. 

  • This course develops obesity initiatives for Santa Clara County. Law, medical, and public policy students work with representatives from the County Board of Supervisors to identify practical strategies for reducing child and adult obesity.

  • Participants will join small interdisciplinary team of faculty and students from the Schools of Law, Education, and Humanities and Sciences to explore scalable interventions aimed at increasing the enrollment at elite universities of high achieving economically disadvantaged students.

  • This practicum advises the California Law Revision Commission on legal and policy concerns relevant to California Senate Bill SCR 54 (State. Res. Chapter 115, Statutes of 2013), which focuses on state and local government agencies’ access to customer information from communications service providers. Students research and write a full background report, addressing civil liberties, public safety, and the scope of federal preemption in the area, with an emphasis on new and emerging communication services.

  • Students will focus on evaluating western states in terms of the extent to which they allow the transfer of water rights for environmental use and in terms of the regulatory, financial, and social hurdles such transactions face in each state.

  • Students in this practicum will take a close look at one or two issues raised by one proposed Treasury regulation of hundreds of billions of dollars of annual transactions. We will look at the relevant literature, talk to stakeholders, and (possibly)  in our individual names, provide public comments and testimony on the regulation.

  • This Practicum contributes to the White House Council on Environmental Quality's (CEQ) broad efforts to modernize and reinvigorate Federal agency implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Students will investigate recommendations for the reform and modernization of NEPA, with particular consideration of legislative and agency calls for various overrides and exemptions to NEPA.

  • This policy lab seminar addresses the legal and policy tools to combat the international wildlife trafficking crisis. Students work hand-in-hand with the Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking to recommend possible reforms to U.S. and international laws, and transnational enforcement efforts in cracking down on ivory and other wildlife-related trafficking.