Winter 2018 Class ScheduleTo read course descriptions, click on the course titles below.
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Note that courses are subject to change.
|LEGAL_ST 206-0-20||Law and Society (also SOCIOL 206) WQ||Heather Schoenfeld|
LEGAL_ST 206-0-20 Law and Society (also SOCIOL 206) WQ
This course introduces the relationship between social, cultural, political, and economic forces on the one hand, and legal rules, practices, and outcomes, on the other. We focus on several of the most important sociological questions about law including: 1) What is the purpose of law in a modern society? 2) How is the legal system and legal profession organized? 3) How does politics shape the law? 4) What does the law look like in action? And 5) how can law create or constrain social change? In order to explore these questions, it focuses on a few legal issues in modern U.S. society, including same-sex marriage and race and gender discrimination. It also introduces research methods for the study of law and society.
|LEGAL_ST 305-0-20||American Immigration (taught with HISTORY 305)||Shana Bernstein|
LEGAL_ST 305-0-20 American Immigration (taught with HISTORY 305)
This course introduces students to the social, political, legal, and cultural history of immigration in the United States. In addition to exploring the history of southern and eastern European immigrants, it uses a comparative framework to integrate Latin American and Asian migrants into our understanding of immigration since the late nineteenth century. The course is an exploration of major themes in immigration history rather than a comprehensive examination. Issues students will consider include immigration law, acculturation, community, racial formation, victimization vs. agency, the transnational and international context of immigration, and competing notions of citizenship, among others.
|LEGAL_ST 308-0-20||Sociology of Law (taught with SOCIOL 318)||Robert Nelson|
LEGAL_ST 308-0-20 Sociology of Law (taught with SOCIOL 318)
This course examines the relationship between law and the distribution of power in society, with a particular emphasis on law and social change in the United States. Readings will be drawn from the social sciences and history, as well as selected court cases that raise critical questions about the role of race, gender, and sexual orientation in American society. Among the material we will examine are the documents made public in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Students should be aware that some of this material is graphic and disturbing.
|LEGAL_ST 333-0-20||Constitutional Law II (taught with POLI_SCI 332)||Joanna Grisinger|
LEGAL_ST 333-0-20 Constitutional Law II (taught with POLI_SCI 332)
Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
This course examines how the United States government has defined, expanded, and constricted the rights and liberties of U.S. citizens (and non-citizens) dating from the Founding era with a heavy emphasis on the Progressive Era to today. While we will examine how the U.S. Supreme Court has defined these rights and liberties, we will not confine ourselves to reading only Supreme Court opinions. We will also be interested in how other political actors (e.g., Congress, the executive branch, the states, and the mass public) have argued about, imagined, and effectuated limits on government power.
Crucially, this is not a constitutional law class or a “preview” of what a constitutional law class in a law school might be like. Instead, we will be focused on thinking about civil rights and liberties from a political and developmental perspective. To give just one example, the meaning and scope of First Amendment’s “free speech” clause has dramatically changed over time, especially within the past 100 years. In order to understand how and why our rights and liberties have been politically constructed and expanded (or truncated) we will situate the debates about our rights and liberties within the political, social, and intellectual environments in which they occur(ed). Thus, the material covered is organized chronologically rather than thematically.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-20||From Colonists to Capitalists: Law and the American Economy, 1700-Present||Justin Simard|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-20 From Colonists to Capitalists: Law and the American Economy, 1700-Present
In the United States the legal profession exerts tremendous economic and political power, and there are more lawyers per capita than in any other country. This seminar examines the roots of the relationship between law, lawyers, and American commerce. It will explore the law of debt, slavery, injury, and intellectual property, and examine how the law and the lawyers who applied it structured the American economy. The seminar will also explore what a law-driven economy meant for its participants, from debtors and slaves to inventors and CEOs. The seminar will give students a new, critical perspective on debates over the role of finance, corporations, and regulation in American economic life.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-21||Constitutional Revolution: The Fourteenth Amendment (taught with HISTORY 300-0-44)||Joanna Grisinger & Kate Masur|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-21 Constitutional Revolution: The Fourteenth Amendment (taught with HISTORY 300-0-44)
Passed by Congress in 1866 and ratified in 1868, the 14th Amendment revolutionized citizenship and equal rights in the United States. The amendment continues to shape how Americans understand hot-button issues like affirmative action, birthright citizenship, and same-sex marriage. This class explores the history and impact of the amendment - from its origins in the abolitionist movement and the Civil War and Reconstruction to major Supreme Court cases of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. The quarter concludes with an exploration of the possibilities but also the limitations of rights claims in the present.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-22||Mass Incarceration (taught with SOC_POL 351-0-20)||Heather Schoenfeld|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-22 Mass Incarceration (taught with SOC_POL 351-0-20)
This course is designed for upper-level students interested in social policy, politics, inequality and law. It explores the "carceral state" or the institutions and policies that create a system of criminalization and punishment in the United States. Within the carceral state, the focus of the course is on the history and policies in the United States that led to the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world. The course examines and moves beyond various common explanations for mass incarceration, including crime, politics, public opinion, racism and the "prison industrial complex." It then explores specific policies and practices that created and sustain high levels of incarceration, including sentencing, prison programing, and prosecutorial discretion. Finally, it addresses recent attempts at reform, including policies around re-entry, drug courts and prison conditions. Students read a variety of materials including statutes, policy reports, social science research, law review articles and case law. Assignments include a class presentation and fifteen page research paper.
|LEGAL_ST 394-0-20||Lawyering: Education and Practice||Seth Meyer|
LEGAL_ST 394-0-20 Lawyering: Education and Practice
Attorneys are central to American life and popular culture, but the profession is undergoing dramatic change. For years, the supply of lawyers has vastly outstripped the demand for legal jobs and the resulting lawyer bubble has grown. Meanwhile, those who land law jobs have different challenges: recent surveys report many attorneys' growing disenchantment with their work and dissatisfaction with their lives. This seminar will examine the profession's multidimensional crisis. What changes occur in attorneys, both individually and systemically, emerging from law schools and finding their roles in the legal realm? Why is working within the most lucrative big firms now regarded by many as the pinnacle of private practice? What other options are available? It will explore life after law school, examining the disparate places law graduates might find themselves. The course invites prospective law students to consider their potential places, as individual lawyers, in what remains a noble profession. It also invites those students in other undergraduate disciplines who may be curious about trajectories open to them in this post-graduate academic and, ultimately, career field.
|LEGAL_ST 398-2-20||Advanced Research Seminar II||Laura Beth Nielsen|
LEGAL_ST 398-2-20 Advanced Research Seminar II
Legal Studies 398 is a two-quarter sequence (398-1 and 398-2) required for all Legal Studies majors. This seminar will expose students to a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to law and legal institutions; over two quarters, students will develop their own research paper on a topic of interest. During winter quarter, students will complete their research projects and present their projects to the class. Students will meet to discuss shared readings, will workshop their paper drafts with one another, will prepare oral presentations based on their research, and will meet individually with the professor and with the Graduate Teaching Fellows.