State and Local Government
This course explores common principles of state and local government with a strategic focus on key aspects of Georgia law. The course will combine practical advice with some theory. Issues addressed include organizational structures of local governments, authority granted to them by the U.S. and Georgia Constitution, and various ways they exercise (or attempt to exercise) their power. The class may explore these concepts generally and in the context of specific subject areas including but not limited to annexation, home rule, immunity, incorporation, intergovernmental agreements, employment, service delivery strategies, regulatory authority, taxation, and zoning. This course will introduce students to varied forms of writing and research associated with a professional practice in this area and reflect on professional roles and responsibilities.