Regulatory Comment Clinic

PPPA 6056: Regulatory Comment Clinic

Spring 2018, Tuesdays 6:10 – 8:00 PM

Professor:  Susan E. Dudley
805 21st Street NW, Room 612 (Media and Public Affairs Building) 
Washington, D.C. 20052 
202-994-7543,  [email protected] 
Office hours Tuesdays 4-6 PM, and by appointment

Summary: Regulation is one of the most important mechanisms by which the federal government sets policy. In this course, students engage in the federal regulatory process, analyzing an active regulation and filing public comments (from a public interest perspective) with a federal agency.


  • Susan E. Dudley & Jerry Brito, Regulation: A Primer. The George Washington University and Mercatus Center at George Mason University 2012.
  • Other assigned readings will be made available on Blackboard.
  • Students will also read – in their selected area of interest – agency regulatory proposals and supporting material, and public comments filed with agencies.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand how regulations are developed.
  • Explore how regulation can serve the public interest, and how to determine when a regulatory proposal might not.
  • Gather information from government and other sources to evaluate a specific regulatory proposal in your area of interest.
  • File comments from the perspective of the public interest on an active regulatory proposal.
  • Effectively present your findings succinctly in a mock administrative hearing.
  • Draft a short newspaper article (op-ed) that communicates your analysis to the general public.

Course format:

  • Practical lectures on the regulatory development process and regulatory analysis.
  • Guest lectures from faculty and practitioners involved in setting regulatory policy.
  • Workshops on effectively communicating legal, economic, and policy ideas through different media.
  • Mock hearings where students will present their arguments regarding their selected regulation.
  • Students will work individually or in teams to prepare comments to file on current regulatory proposals on the public record.
  • Students will individually author an op-ed based on their analysis.

View full syllabus here.