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The Supreme Court Seminar
This seminar will focus on the US Supreme Court as an institution and demonstrate the ways in which its formal and informal norms and structure shape the nature and content of the law the Court makes. Topics will include the development of the Court as an institution–changes in jurisdiction, structure, and function–from 1790 to the ...
This seminar will focus on the US Supreme Court as an institution and demonstrate the ways in which its formal and informal norms and structure shape the nature and content of the law the Court makes. Topics will include the development of the Court as an institution--changes in jurisdiction, structure, and function--from 1790 to the present; nominations and appointments to the Court; the Court's "agenda control," i.e., jurisdiction and procedures for determining cases it will decide on the merits; the internal deliberative processes of the Conference in coming to and preparing its opinions; the role of law clerks in and advocates before the Court; relationships between and among the Court and the coordinate branches; control by the Court of the lower federal courts. Readings consist of articles from law reviews and social science journals; examples of working documents from the papers of the justices; and briefs and records from the current Term of the Court. Cases currently on the Supreme Court's docket will serve as examples.