The mission of the Center for Government Law is to provide integrated academic and practical skills training in government administration and regulation; preparing students for the practice of law in the public sector.
The Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL) through its academic, clinical, and trial advocacy programs has a tradition of cultivating dynamic public service lawyers. Among our alumni are myriad judges, federal prosecutors, district attorneys, as well as, city and county attorneys. With the addition of the Center for Government Law (CGL), TMSL has expanded its capacity to prepare lawyers for all phases of federal, state, and local government practice. The Center for Government Law will provide a comprehensive continuum of course work, externships, fellowship opportunities, and seminars in government law and administration to prepare students for successful careers in the public sector.
The Center for Government Law works with numerous governmental organizations on the local, state and federal levels to serve as a bridge between government and academia. The Center provides practical experiences for students and assist government leaders in research advancement in the legal profession and public policy arenas.
Students are afforded an opportunity to receive a Certification in Government Law, through invaluable practical experience via externships in various governmental entities, increased employment possibilities, and extensive career contacts.
Board of Advisors
The Advisory Board is comprised of 15 individuals, including professors, students, and community volunteers. The Board is responsible for developing policies and procedures and establishing goals for the Center. The dean of the School of Law serves as an ad hoc member of the Board.