Winter 2019 Class ScheduleTo read course descriptions, click on the course titles below.
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Note that courses are subject to change.
|LEGAL_ST 101-0-20||History of the American Legal Profession||Justin Simard|
LEGAL_ST 101-0-20 History of the American Legal Profession
This First-Year seminar examines the American legal profession from its small and provincial origins in the eighteenth century to its enormous and influential presence today. It will explore topics including legal education, practice, ethics, and professional organization, and it will survey the influence of the profession in fields from politics and business to the civil rights movement. Students will gain an appreciation for the many roles that lawyers play outside of the courtroom and the way that the profession has shaped the development and application of American law.
|LEGAL_ST 206-0-20||Law and Society (also SOCIOL 206)||Meghan Dawe|
LEGAL_ST 206-0-20 Law and Society (also SOCIOL 206)
Law is everywhere. Law permits, prohibits, enables, legitimates, protects, and prosecutes citizens. Law shapes our daily lives in countless ways. This course examines the connections and relationships of law and society using an interdisciplinary social science approach. As one of the founders of the Law and Society movement observed, "Law is too important to leave to lawyers." Accordingly, this course will borrow from several theoretical, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives (including sociology, history, anthropology, political science, and psychology) in order to explore the sociology of law and law's role. 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 important questions about law including: How do culture, structure, and conflict explain the relationship between law and society? Why do people obey the law? Why do people go to court? How does the legal system work? What is the role of lawyers, judges, and juries? How does law on the books differ from law in action? How do social problems become legal ones? How can law create or constrain social change?
|LEGAL_ST 309-0-20||Political Theories of the Rule of Law (also POLI SCI 309)||Jacqueline Stevens|
LEGAL_ST 309-0-20 Political Theories of the Rule of Law (also POLI SCI 309)
Key documents and debates in the development of theories of law and jurisprudence. From Aeschylus to contemporary democratic and legal theories and major court cases on topics ranging from torture to Title IX.
|LEGAL_ST 333-0-20||Constitutional Law II (also POLI_SCI 333)||Calvin TerBeek|
LEGAL_ST 333-0-20 Constitutional Law II (also POLI_SCI 333)
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 347-0-20||Comparative Race and Ethnicity||Shana Bernstein|
LEGAL_ST 347-0-20 Comparative Race and Ethnicity
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-20||Civil Rights and the Criminal Justice System||Anna Reosti|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-20 Civil Rights and the Criminal Justice System
This course will examine multiple features of the American criminal justice system that have provoked civil rights concerns and/or controversies, such as discriminatory policing practices, racial/ethnic disparities at various stages of criminal processing, the criminalization of poverty, and living conditions within correctional facilities. We will use these topics to address broader questions central to the law and society discipline, particularly by interrogating the capacity of civil rights law to meaningfully transform punishment practices and advance equity in the criminal justice system.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-21||Law and Literature||Marguerite Allen|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-21 Law and Literature
This course introduces students to the reciprocal relationship between law and literature: the recreation of reality through narrative and the problematic nature of language. We will analyze late 19th through mid-20th century European and American narratives in which law is a central theme by focusing on lawyer figures, legal reasoning, and the process of legal investigations. Students will explore the ethical value systems underlying these narratives, as well as their historical and social contexts. The class will hold a mock trial (debate) of a fictional character who conducts a trial with absolute legal power over life and death. Students will consider the US government's 2002 “torture memos” and the recent murder of the Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi in light of Kafka's “In the Penal Colony.” The course's capstone will be the guest lecture by Professor Richard H. Weisberg, the Walter Floersheimer Professor of Constitutional Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a recipient of France's Legion of Honor. Dr. Weisberg is a successful litigator of international law, the author of Vichy Law and the Holocaust and the academic scholar most responsible for creating the field of law and literature. He will illuminate how the lawyer narrator of Albert Camus's The Fall lays bare the French legal system's complicity in the deportation and murder of Jews during the Holocaust.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-22||The Crime Centered Documentary||Debra Tolchinsky|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-22 The Crime Centered Documentary
Also taught as HUM 370-6 and RTVF 379-0-21.
In this course, we will view non-fiction and hybrid films that revolve around crime, criminal justice, and criminal court cases. Our emphasis will be on cases that are either mired in controversy and/or emblematic of wider social concerns. Readings will accompany viewings and experts will weigh in with legal, philosophical or scientific perspectives: What is accurately depicted? What is omitted? What is misrepresented? Concurrently, we will investigate the films aesthetically: How is the film structured and why? What choices are being made by the filmmaker in terms of camera, sound and editing and how do these choices affect viewers? Throughout the course, we will consider the ethics of depicting real people and traumatic events. We will also look at specific films in regard to their legal or societal impact. Assignments will include a series of short response papers and a substantial final project, which can take the form of either (up to the student) a final 12-15 page paper or an 8-12 minute film. The final should center upon a legal topic. Ideas include, but are not limited to: A comparison of two films depicting the same criminal case, a polished/edited interview with a person somehow connected to a crime, an investigation of a local court or legal advocacy center. Group projects (two people max) will be allowed.
|LEGAL_ST 394-LK-20||Lawyering: Education and Practice||Seth Meyer|
LEGAL_ST 394-LK-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||Joanna Grisinger|
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.