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  • Compromise

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Our reading course on “Compromise” is brand new, so this description is necessarily tentative with regard to specific assignments.

  • Change in Jewish Law

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: One Day Take-home History is encoded in legal documents and systems. This is a truism of academic approaches to law, and…

  • Reforming the American Constitution

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The main impetus for the Constitution of 1787 was the perception, spelled out in the very first paragraph of…

  • Legal Profession – The New Market for Personal Legal Services: Ethical and Professional Challenges

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Whether in solo, small firm or not for profit legal aid offices, new modes of serving clients of modest…

  • Legal History: English Legal History

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam An introduction to the history of law and legal institutions in England from the Anglo-Saxons to the seventeenth century.

  • Farmed Animal Law and Policy

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for the class, although an environmental law or animal law survey course is recommended. Exam Type: No Exam This…

  • Great Cases of the Supreme Court

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None. Basic knowledge of constitutional law preferred but not required. Exam Type: No Exam

    Students will be required to submit a…

  • Introduction to Islamic Law

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will survey core concepts in Islamic law (sharia) in historical and comparative modern contexts. Popular perceptions of…

  • From Protest to Law: Triumphs and Defeats in Struggles for Racial Justice, 1950-1970

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

    The requirement for the course is writing that amounts to about thirty double spaced pages. The…

  • Global Law

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home This course explores law’s role in global affairs. We will examine the history of ideas, legal doctrines, institutional…

  • Law and Economic Development

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home This course will explore past and present debates about the role of the legal order in economic development. We…

  • (Jewish) Law and Story

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type:None Narrative and law; agada and halakha, story and rule. In recent decades the relationship between these pairs has become a central…

  • Trusts and Estates

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course examines freedom of disposition in American succession law by way of: (a) intestate succession; (b) wills (including…

  • Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam type: Any Day Take-Home This course focuses on the structure of the United States government, including the doctrines of separation of powers…

  • Critical Corporate Theory Lab

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: By Permission. Students interested in applying to join the Lab should submit a short (300 word maximum) statement of interest to Professor Hanson. The…

  • American Legal History 1776-1865

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course is designed to consider the development of American law from…

  • Animal Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites, and 1L students are welcome in the class. Exam Type: One Day Take-Home Students will be evaluated on the basis…

  • American Safety Net from the Civil War to COVID-19

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam From public assistance for Civil War widows, New Deal programs to address the Great Depression, and growing calls for…

  • History of Civil Liberties

    September 14, 2022

    This seminar examines changing understandings of civil liberties in American legal history. It emphasizes legal and ideological contests over the meaning of free speech, religious…

  • Public Health Law and Policy

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: This seminar is open to LLM students by permission. Exam Type: No Exam This seminar provides an overview of the historical law and policy…

  • Current Topics in Pandemic Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam COVID-19 has given rise to an unprecedented and rapidly evolving set of urgent legal issues. This reading group will…

  • The History of Law in Europe

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This is a discussion class on the history of law in Europe (including both England and the Continent, as…

  • Immigration Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Prior completion of a course in U.S. Constitutional Law that covers separation of powers and federalism is recommended, but not required. Exam Type: In…

  • Common Law and Privacy Torts

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: Torts or permission of the instructor. Exam Type: No Exam Protecting privacy has become one of the major challenges of our time. In the…

  • Legal Architecture of Globalization: Money, Debt, and Development

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class An integrated political economy now covers much of the globe.  This course focuses on the monetary structure of that…

  • Lincoln-Douglass

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam More books are said to have been written about Abraham Lincoln than about any other human being.  What is…

  • Race and the Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type:One-Day Take-home This course will explore the role of race and ethnicity in American legal jurisprudence and history. Areas of focus will…

  • Public Health Law and Policy

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: This seminar is open to LLM students by permission. Exam Type: No Exam This seminar provides an overview of the historical law and policy…

  • Roman Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam An introduction to Roman law that combines a survey approach with one that focuses in some depth on topics…

  • Legal History: Continental Legal History

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam A survey of the main outlines of Continental European legal history from the fall of the Roman Empire to…

  • Constitutional Law: Money and the Making of American Capitalism

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam: In Class According to one of the framers, the “soul of the Constitution” was the clause allocating authority over money.   Over the…

  • Mind and Criminal Responsibility in the Anglo-American Tradition

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam. Grades will be based upon short responses to weekly readings, a small project and presentation, and class participation. This…

  • Reforming the American Constitution

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The main impetus for the Constitution of 1787 was the perception, spelled out in the very first paragraph of…

  • Framing, Narrative, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In this seminar we will examine the ways in which the rhetorical and communications principles of framing and narrative…

  • Political Parties and Public Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Politicians and pundits frequently charge that aggressive partisanship has infected our political institutions. Critics allege that even the federal…

  • Classical Liberalism and the Rule of Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam
    Students will be expected to complete two short papers in response to course readings, and a longer paper…

  • Constitutions, Law, and Empire

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam What is a Constitution? Why, and under what circumstances, do people make them? What about the United States and…

  • The Security Council

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Public International Law Exam Type: No Exam The United Nations Security Council is at the heart of the post-WWII international order. It is often…

  • Legal Profession – The New Market for Personal Legal Services: Ethical and Professional Challenges

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Whether in solo, small firm or not for profit legal aid offices, new modes of serving clients of modest…

  • Race and the Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course will explore the role of race and ethnicity in American…

  • Feminist Utopias

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In this reading group on Feminist Utopias, we explore literature, essays and history of women’s law reform movements through…

  • Policing the Police

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam Since the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014, there has been an…

  • Legal History Seminar: Continental Legal History

    September 14, 2022

    Pre/Co-requisites: Concurrent registration in Continental Legal History, or equivalent preparation is required, as is the ability to read simple Latin prose.

  • Constitutional History I: From the Founding to the Civil War

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home This course considers, from the perspective of social and political history, American constitutional development from the Articles of…

  • English Legal History

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This class provides an introduction to the legal and constitutional history of…

  • Legal History Workshop: Intimacy and the Law

    September 14, 2022

    Classroom: For weeks 1, 2, 7, 11, and 12, this workshop will meet in WCC 3011 and in Hauser 104 for Weeks 3, 4, 5,…

  • Legal History: Continental Legal History

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam A survey of the main outlines of Continental European legal history from the fall of the Roman Empire to…