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LAW 1600 v00 : Public Interest Advocacy: Government Regulation of Food and Personal-Care Products

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mmb256 Benesh, Melanie
LAW 1600 v00: Public Interest Advocacy: Government Regulation of Food and Personal-Care Products
Public Interest Advocacy: Government Regulation of Food and Personal-Care Products
Th 5:45-7:45p
Paper and Special Requirement


J.D. students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective).


Administrative Law, as well as food and drug law-related courses, are recommended but not required.

Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum and an externship, a clinic, or another practicum.

This practicum course is open to LL.M. students, space permitting. Interested LL.M. students should email Louis Fine ( to request admission.

This course is suitable for evening students who can commit to attending class and working 10 hours/week (during business hours) on site at their field placements.

This is a four credit course. Two credits will be awarded for the two-hour weekly seminar and two credits for approximately 10 hours of fieldwork per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks, to be scheduled with the faculty. The fieldwork must be completed during normal business hours. The two credit seminar portion of this practicum will be graded. The two credits of fieldwork are mandatory pass/fail. Students will be allowed to take another course pass/fail in the same semester as the field work.

Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and fieldwork components and may not take either component separately. After Add/Drop, a student who wishes to withdraw from a practicum course must obtain permission from the faculty member and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. The Assistant Dean will grant such withdrawal requests only when remaining enrolled in the practicum would cause significant hardship for the student. A student who is granted permission to withdraw will be withdrawn from both the seminar and fieldwork components.

Default attendance rule for all practicum courses (unless the professor indicates otherwise): Regular and punctual attendance is required at all practicum seminars and fieldwork placements. Students in project-based practicum courses are similarly required to devote the requisite number of hours to their project. If a student must miss seminar, fieldwork, or project work, he or she must speak to the professor as soon as possible to discuss the absence. Unless the professor indicates otherwise, a student with more than one unexcused absence from the practicum seminar (out of 13 total seminar sessions), or one week of unexcused absences from the fieldwork or project work (out of a total of 11 weeks of fieldwork or project work), may receive a lower grade or, at the professor’s discretion, may be withdrawn from the practicum course.

Would you like to offer the Pass/Fail grading option?

Does this course qualify as a "simulation course"?

Is this course available to distance students?

Is this a mandatory Pass-Fail course?


Personal Information


As the Environmental Working Group's Legislative Attorney, Professor Benesh performs regulatory and legislative analysis related to federal cosmetic, chemical, food, and farm law. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an evening student, a Cutler Salzburg Fellow, and served on the Georgetown Journal of International Law. While in law school, she worked for a D.C. area solo practitioner; interned at the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, the Center for Justice and International Law, and the Federal Trade Commission; and was a summer associate at Bredhoff & Kaiser PLLC and Murphy Anderson PLLC. Prior to law school, she worked as a research assistant studying Fair Trade coffee in Chiapas, Mexico, and later as a community organizer for Voces de la Frontera in Milwaukee. She received her B.A. from Marquette University in Political Science and International Relations. 

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