Program Purpose


The Western Legislative Academy (WLA) offers selected legislators an opportunity to sharpen leadership skills and build regional relationships with legislative peers. Working with faculty from academic, military, and legislative backgrounds, class members engage with one another in a variety of interactive exercises ensuring a learning experience that draws from both faculty and class member expertise. Class members return to their respective legislatures with new information, skills and relationships designed to help them become more effective legislators and leaders. Our program information guide can provide additional details.


Who Attends?


Western state legislators in their first four-years of cumulative service are invited to apply. Class members are selected by the CSG West Executive Committee and evaluated based on their dedication to public service, desire to improve their legislative effectiveness, and commitment to the institution of the legislature. Academy attendance is limited to a class size of 39 participants.






Save the Date


The 21st Western Legislative Academy will take place December 7-10, 2021 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Generously donated by the El Pomar Foundation, classroom activities are hosted primarily at the historic Penrose House.


How to Apply


Applications for the 2021 Western Legislative Academy are closed. Notification of class selection will take place in late July/ early August for those who submitted an application. 


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