Admissions
Institute for Collaborative Leadership
Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law
601 W. Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Director
Mark Travis, JD LLM
865.545.5339
mark.travis@LMUnet.edu

GRA Program Director
Mark L. Cushing, JD
971.344.1347
mark.cushing@lmunet.edu
http://www.tonkon.com/attorneys/mark-l-cushing

MEd
Mark Travis, JD LLM
865.545.5339
mark.travis@LMUnet.edu

EdD
Margaret Park
865.531.4109 margaret.park@LMUnet.edu

BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Robert Keeton, PhD 423.869.6906 robert.keeton@LMUnet.edu

Government Relations and Advocacy Program



To inquire about this program:
Randy Mathews, LMU-Duncan School of Law Associate Dean of Enrollment Services | 865.545.5303 | randy.mathews@LMUnet.edu


Government Relations and Advocacy Interest Form

OfferingsStudent with laptop

  • Certificate in Government Relations and Advocacy (14 credit hours)

Program Description/Courses


Program includes a core of 14 credit hours described below. These will be offered as part-time with weekends, nights, intensive weeks, etc. The same package of 8-credit hoursof pre-clinical courses will be offered in the Fall Semester and Spring Semester. 8 credit hours will be comprised of four 2-credit hour courses. First is Lobbying Boot Camp for one intensive week (or two consecutive weekends). Next three are each 5-week blocks with four hours of lectures/course time per week, plus total of 10 online hours per course. The lectures may be viewed remotely. In theory, a student could take the third and fourth 2-credit hour courses in the Fall or Spring or both.

Fall 2014 GRA Bootcamp Course Syllabus

Fall 2014 GRA Introduction Course Syllabus

Certificate

  • 2 Credit Hours: One week intensive (first week of Fall Semester and first week of January, or two consecutive weekends) Lobbying “Boot Camp.”
  • 2 Credit Hours: Introduction and Overview of Government Relations and Advocacy. This will be 5-week course with 4 hours of classroom time per week. Lectures will be accessible remotely, plus total of 10 hours online activity.
  • 2 Credit Hours: Legislative and Regulatory Drafting, Memorandum Preparation and Research. This will be 5-week course with 4 hours of classroom time per week. Lectures will be accessible remotely, plus total of 10 hours online activity.
  • 2 Credit Hours: Ethics, Campaign Finance, Political Action Committee and Compliance. This will be 5-week course with 4 hours of classroom time per week. Lectures will be accessible remotely, plus total of 10 hours online activity.
  • 3 Credit Hours: Clinical Skills I. This will be intensive 1-week, 5 hour per day summer course. Focus is on basic Government Relations and Advocacy skills with heavy use of simulation and mock experiences.
  • 3 Credit Hours: Clinical Skills II. This will be intensive 1-week, five hour per day summer course following Clinical Skills I. Focus is on advanced skills, in particular the management of complex political and policy issues and initiatives (legislative and regulatory), with simulation and mock experiences.
Students may complete Certificate in One Semester plus Summer, or spread over longer term not to exceed 2 years. A typical path to Certificate may look like this:

Fall Semester

  • Week I (or Weekends 1 and 2): Intensive 2-credit hours, Lobbying Boot Camp.
  • Weeks 2-6: 2-credit hours, Introduction to Government Relations and Advocacy (evening lecture with remote access), plus online.
  • Weeks 7-11: 2-credit hours, Legislative and Regulatory Drafting and Research (evening lecture with remote access), plus online
  • Weeks 12-16: 2-credit hours Ethics, Campaign Finance, PAC, and Compliance (evening lecture with remote access), plus online
  • Summer (June) 3-credit hours Clinical Skills I (one week intensive)
  • Summer (June) 3-credit hours Clinical Skills II (one week intensive)
Note: A Spring semester path would be identical. And, as noted earlier, a student could take the Legislative Drafting and/or Ethics and Campaign Finance course in the Spring after taking Boot Camp and Introductory course in the Fall.

*Pending accreditation approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools