With the present day emphasis on decentralized governance, it is important that lawyers be prepared to advise clients, local governments, and clients dealing with local governments. This course focuses on constitutional powers and structure of local government, and the legal aspects of selected operations of local government, including delivery of services, the use of land, orderly growth, management of property, and financial administration. Attention is given to local-state, local-federal, and interlocal relationships, and to the allocation of power among units of government. This course features the unique opportunity for law students to interact with private attorneys who represent clients in their transactions with local governments. Students are evaluated on the basis of a term report and an oral examination.