BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will be teaching a course about the Senate this spring at Rhode Island's only law school.

Roger Williams University School of Law said Thursday that the Democrat, now serving his second term, will teach a half-semester course entitled "The Role of the Senate in the American Government." The course will cover areas including separation of powers, the Senate's role in approving presidential nominations and impeachment.

Law school spokesman Michael Bowden said the class will typically meet on Mondays when the Senate is not in session. He said admission to the class will be by lottery.

Bowden said this is the first time a member of Congress has taught at the law school, although U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (sis-ihl-EE'-nee) taught there before he became a congressman.