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Jurisprudence and Legal Theory

American Legal History

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? No Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The history of American law from its colonial antecedents until the twentieth century, emphasizing the relationship between law and the changing social, political, and economic conditions.


Conflict of Laws

Course Description: The course in conflict of laws explores how courts handle such cases in a variety of contexts. Topics include choice of law (which state’s laws are to be applied to an issue in a case); constitutional constraints on choice of law; and recognition of judgments rendered in other states. Although the course will …


Critical Race Theory Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Explorer: This course begins with a review of the United States’, including the history of racial and religious intolerance, the Civil Rights Movement; and current socio-economic status of African Americans. Additionally, students will review foundational literature by writers in the CRT Movement.


Critical Theory/Critical Lawyering Seminar

Course Explorer: This course introduces students to important strands of contemporary legal theory, including Critical Legal Studies, Critical Race, Feminist, Queer, Lat- crit, and Classcrit theories.


Gender and the Law

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course explores the legal significance of gender in a wide variety of contexts, including employment, criminal and civil law, and laws governing family and sexuality. We will examine such topics as rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment, child custody, marriage and reproductive rights.


Jurisprudence

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course investigates foundational questions structuring our legal system, including: How do we know what the law is? What are the proper sources and purposes of law? What is the relationship between law and justice? What is the source of one’s duty to obey the law? …


Jurisprudence of ADR

Course Description: An examination of the fundamental normative values, principles and practices that shape the design and implementation of the negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other ‘private’ dispute resolution


Law and Economics

Course Description: This course examines these and similar questions by introducing the students to one of today’s most powerful schools of legal thought, Law and Economics. Law and Economics applies the basic tools of economic reasoning to legal doctrines and provides a set of tools for analyzing laws.


Law, History, & Philosophy Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: The seminar is largely made up of student presentations, assisted by me, on the topics they have chosen to write about. The topics include the legal and philosophical background of the American Revolution, Greek and Roman sources, the Bible in history and law, schools of jurisprudence, …


Progressive Era and its Contemporary Relevance Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: In this course we will examine the historical development of modern products liability law, the impact that product liability law has had with regard to consumer safety, patterns of litigation, and the call for tort reform. The course will focus upon the four primary theories of recovery …


The Rule of Law in the Age of Legal Change

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This course will introduce students to “the rule of law” as part of a larger introduction to some of the major legal and policy changes being made by the Trump Administration.


What’s International Law For? Purposes and Values of the International Legal Order Seminar

Experiential Course Requirement? No Seminar? Yes Professional Responsibility? No Prerequisites: None Course Description: This seminar examines the overarching policy purposes animating and guiding the international legal order.