For students enrolled in the Law and Policy Lab — and for those interested in achieving social change at scale — SLS offers 10 master classes that hone the empirical skills required for policy analysis. Students learn to hypothesize, organize, test, and evaluate policy issues, and are introduced to design thinking, stakeholder analysis, implementation strategies, cost-benefit analysis, statistical techniques, and regulatory drafting.
While not required for work in Law and Policy Lab practicums, skills classes offer a strong empirical complement to traditional legal advocacy. In the classroom, you tackle provocative problems and cases — learning to make decisions in conditions of uncertainty and to influence behavior through incentives, penalties, and “nudges,” as well as regulatory reform. In the field, you apply your skills to real-world challenges.