Special Programs

Penn Model Congress offers three Special Programs for delegates: Executive Branch, Supreme Court, and National Security Council. These programs will require more preparation and effort throughout the conference, so only those students who are motivated to participate should apply. For more information on each of the programs, please click on the links below.

The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court program is currently in its seventh year at Penn Model Congress. Over the course of the conference, delegates play the roles of Supreme Court Justices, in addition to acting as petitioner and respondent attorneys arguing before the Court.

Each school is invited to send a team of two delegates to the Supreme Court Program. Because of the schedule, both delegates must be in a Senate committee (color does not matter).

The Executive Branch

The Executive Branch program, led by a student-elected President of the United States, consists of the President's Cabinet and closest advisors. Delegates will discuss signing or vetoing legislation passed by Congress and will attempt to tackle some of the most difficult issues facing our nation. Some of the Cabinet Officers with relevant jurisdictions also sit on the National Security Council (see below).

Because of the competitive nature of the Executive Branch program, all interested delegates must apply to participate. Only one student from each school may apply. The group will meet regularly IN PLACE OF COMMITTEE SESSIONS, so students who participate in the Executive Branch will not participate in regular committee sessions.

National Security Council

The National Security Council is the President's principal vehicle for responding to national security crises. Along with certain high-ranking officers from the Executive Branch program, participating delegates will represent either the Pentagon, the State Department, or the White House. Because these crises can occur at any time, delegates on the National Security Council are on-call to respond to an emergency 24 hours a day.

Each school may have at most one student on the National Security Council. If a delegate from your school is filling one of the seven Executive Branch roles that also sits on the NSC, that delegate also counts as your school's spot on the NSC.

National Economic Council

Members of the National Economic Council will advise the student-elected President of the United States in this new special program!

The National Economic Council (NEC) was established in 1993 to advise the President on U.S. and global economic policy. It resides within the Office of Policy Development and is part of the Executive Office of the President. By Executive Order, the NEC has four principal functions: to coordinate policy-making for domestic and international economic issues, to coordinate economic policy advice for the President, to ensure that policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President's economic goals, and to monitor implementation of the President's economic policy agenda.
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