Law, Lawyers & The System
Course is centered upon lawyering, judging and common legal transactions in trial courts. Taught from an inside perspective. Topics include evidence, civil procedure, torts, contracts, family law and criminal law/procedure. There is also a version of the class exclusively for criminal justice.
Supreme Court Politics
Course focuses on two subjects: how justices should decide (jurisprudence) and how they do decide (behaviorism). The first half of the course is the history of legal justification as told by legal culture and philosophers. The second is an examination of the empirical evidence about judicial decision making, which culminates in a theoretical model that tries to harmonize philosophy with empiricism. Course has a multidisciplinary focus.