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Washington D.C. Summer Program 2013


The LBJ School Washington Program was launched in 2011 with two summer graduate seminars. The program continued to expand in year two with three summer graduate courses and the addition of two nationally recognized practitioners as adjunct faculty. Now in year three, the program continues with courses on national security and legislative development. These courses complement the D.C.-based summer internships while at the same time familiarizing students with  federal Washington and introducing them to senior-level officials. The Washington Program not only allows current students to gain valuable credit hours while interning in Washington, D.C., but also provides alumni the opportunity to interact with current students and faculty while pursuing their own professional development goals.

For Whom:

The Washington Program is open to all LBJ School students, other University of Texas at Austin graduate students, and graduate students from other universities. University of Texas students should register using the UT Registrar's ROSE online system.


PAf388K #94365: National Security: Congress vs The President

Instructor: David Berteau
Tuesday & Thursdays, 6:00-9:45
June 6 through July 11
Location: Center for Strategic and International Studies

Brief Description:
The roles of Congress in U.S. national security are vitally important, particularly at the critical junctures of interaction between the legislative and executive branches, including the White House, Pentagon, State Department, and other federal agencies and actors. The basis for these interactions was established in Articles 1 and 2 of the U.S. Constitution and reflects the intent of the framers. The historical and deliberate tension between these branches predates the ratification of the Constitution, but it has evolved significantly, particularly over the past 40 years. It is essential that any student contemplating a career in national security understand these roles, relationships, and interactions. The objective of this course is to provide that understanding. For this course, national security is defined to include not only defense and the military but also diplomacy, foreign aid and development, intelligence, and homeland security. The course is largely devoted to recent and current issues and their lessons for the future. It examines four themes:

  • the structure and powers of Congress and how the Congress operates
  • the framework for interaction between Congress and the executive branch,
  • the creative tension between Congress and the executive branch in national security policy, and
  • a more in-depth look at selected current national security issues.

This class will take place in the fifth floor conference room of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K St. NW, Washington, DC, 20006.

PAs383C #94465: Legislative Development: Moving from Ideas to Options to Legislation

Instructor: Dr. Ruth Ellen Wasem
Monday & Wednesdays, 6:00 – 9:45 pm
July 15 – August 14
Location: UC Washington Center

Participants will work through the process of transforming policy ideas into legislative language. Successful participants will be able to analyze legislative provisions and draft legislative proposals that can be converted into bill language. They will also be able to critique legislative provisions for impact and unintended consequences.

Brief Description
The course will open with an overview of legislative development and the various ways policy ideas are whittled into legislative language. The emphasis will be on converting options into statutory provisions, not on legislative rules and procedures. it will cover the basic principles and key elements of legislative development.

The second part of the course will explore case studies of legislative development in selected policy areas (including but not limited to): employment policy, global health policy, immigration policy, trade policy, and welfare policy. These issue areas will be used to illustrate the various approaches to legislative development, such as initiative of executive branch, priority of a legislator; advocated by interest group, driven by public opinion, and responding to judicial rulings.

The third and final part of the course will engage the participants in drafting a legislative proposal on an issue of their choosing (approved in advance). They will gather the relevant census and administrative data, current statutory and case law, regulations, and other key resource materials (e.g. U.S. Government Accountability reports, Congressional Budget Office analysis and think tank research studies) as background for their legislative analysis. While each participant will draft their own bill or legislative provision, the class as a group will engage in assessing the impact and potentially unintended consequences of the bill or legislative provision.

This class will be held at the UC Washington Center, 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, Room 210.