The heart of the program is an intensive, seven-week guided research course to be offered in summer 2008. Taught by a faculty member at the Wagner School, the course curriculum will be modeled after Wagner's graduate policy course, which emphasizes a combination of theory and practice. Students will identify and research a pressing policy issue for their community, and will present their findings and recommendations at the conclusion of the program. During the academic year, LEDA students will be entitled to enroll in undergraduate and associated policy courses at New York University. The program will also sponsor a "speakers series," inviting policy professionals to talk about the field. Students will have the opportunity to "shadow" these professionals at work.