This course focuses on the many forms of local American governments and the sources and limitations of local governmental power. From the standpoint of both historical context and contemporary practice, students will examine the relationship of local municipalities to (1) state and federal governments, (2) other local governmental entities, and (3) constituents. Students will study specific topics such as the powers and mechanisms for local governments to raise revenue and expend funds, enact and enforce local laws and provide services to citizens. Throughout the course, participants will consider the municipal attorney's role as an advisor to elected and appointed officials, and the potential conflicts of interest that such lawyers face. Students will be required to write three (3) memorandums of law and present three (3) oral arguments. (This is a simulation course and satisfies 2 experiential learning credits or 2 writing units.)Enrollment is limited to 16 students.