First Southwestern Student Completes Public Policy Certificate Through RAND Partnership
Rebecca Ann Simon, who will graduate from Southwestern this month, became the first student from the law school to earn a Certificate in Public Policy through the Southwestern/Pardee RAND Graduate School (PRGS) partnership. A special reception to mark the occasion was held on April 21 at the RAND campus in Santa Monica.
“Southwestern’s partnership with PRGS provides a tremendous opportunity for our students to augment their legal studies with additional tools that will better position them for leadership roles in a variety of key policy settings,” Southwestern Dean Susan Prager said. “It was wonderful to celebrate this milestone with Rebecca as our first certificate graduate.”
Simon has been involved in public service since her undergraduate days at U.C. Berkeley, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English. During her first semester at Southwestern, Simon had attended a lunch presentation given by Southwestern Associate Dean Molly Selvin who discussed the new PRGS certificate program, and she was intrigued.
“The caliber of the professors at RAND is world class,” Simon said. “This Certificate Program offers the perfect curriculum for someone like me who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the important connection between law and public policy. This program is truly cutting edge.”
Dean Susan Marquis of PRGS said, “We’re excited to recognize our first recipient of our Certificate in Public Policy. Rebecca demonstrates the power of the partnership between the Pardee RAND Graduate School and Southwestern Law School: bringing together the talented students from each school to learn the fundamentals of law and policy analysis from courses and each other. With our joint certificate programs, we are taking one more step in training tomorrow’s public policy leaders.” Continue reading…