Program Purpose


The Western Legislative Academy (WLA) offers selected legislators an opportunity to sharpen leadership skills and build regional relationships. Working with faculty from academic, military, and legislative backgrounds, class members participate in sessions focused on skills development in areas such as negotiation, time management, leadership styles, governing, and ethics.


During the academy, participants engage with one another in a variety of interactive exercises ensuring a learning experience that draws from both faculty and class member expertise. Concluding the WLA, class members return to their respective legislatures with knowledge, training, and relationships designed to help them become more effective legislators and leaders.


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.





How to Apply


Applications for the 2020 Western Legislative Academy class are now being accepted and will be available through the April 17 deadline. For questions related to the program or application process, please contact us at


Save the Date


The 21st Western Legislative Academy will take place December 9-12, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Generously donated by the El Pomar Foundation, classroom activities are hosted primarily at the historic Penrose House.