Domestic Public Policy

The Public Policy Concentration is a single concentration that can be earned with a focus on either international or domestic policy. The ​Domestic Public Policy concentration requires that students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses. Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of ​2.33 in each graded course used to satisfy the requirements. Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of the requirements. In unique circumstances or in the event that new, relevant courses are added to the curriculum or courses listed below are not offered during a student’s law school tenure, course substitution may be permitted following consultation with and approval from the faculty advisor for the concentration. Additional externship experiences beyond those listed below may be substituted for courses toward award of the concentration following consultation with and approval from the faculty advisor for the concentration.

The public policy concentration offered by Texas A&M can take a variety of forms including general public policy, general domestic public policy, general international public policy, or substantive area specializations. If, for instance, a student is interested in a concentration with a specialization in natural resources, the student must coordinate with the domestic public policy advisor, Lisa A. Rich, and the natural resources advisor, Gabriel Eckstein to create a curriculum to satisfy the concentration requirements.

Students interested in an international public policy concentration should consult Professor ​Lisa A. Rich.

As noted above, students interested in pursuing specialized public policy concentrations such as criminal justice, natural resources, or national security, for example, should meet with the domestic public policy advisor as well as the advisor in these specialized areas to craft a curriculum for that specialized concentration.

Core Courses (all required)

  • Administrative Law1
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Residency Externship Program in Public Policy

Writing Requirement (required)

  • LARW III: Public Policy Drafting

Elective Courses (at least one required)

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Arbitration
  • Community Development Clinic
  • Criminal Justice Scholars & Advocates Seminar
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Housing and Community Development Seminar
  • Immigrant Rights Clinic
  • Immigration Law
  • Law & Policy of Clean Energy Innovation
  • Legislation
  • Legislative Process
  • Local Government Law
  • Marijuana Law, Policy, and Business
  • Mediation
  • Military Justice Seminar
  • National Security Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Water Law

​1: Administrative Law may be waived for certain substantive policy concentrations such as Criminal Justice Public Policy but that decision is reserved for the faculty advisors.