Offerings

Key:
+ subject to prerequisites, co-requisites, exclusions, or professor permission
1L first year required course
a extends over more than one quarter
c/l cross listed
e first-year elective
l Lecturer-taught seminar/simulation class
m seminar
p meets the professional responsibility/ethics requirement
r papers may meet substantial research paper (SRP) graduation requirement
s meets the professional skills requirement
u simulation class
w may meet writing project (WP) graduation requirement
x offering available for bidding
(#) the number of Law School credit hours earned for successful completion
  • Workshop: International Law

    LAWS 63412 - 01 (1) a, m
    This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, is devoted to the intensive examination of current scholarship in international law. The workshop will meet four times per quarter for ninety minutes. Three of the workshop sessions each quarter will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by legal scholars and social scientists. The workshop will give students insight into cutting-edge research on why states form international agreements, and whether those agreements change state behavior. These sessions will occur roughly every other week. Grading is based on the completion of a series of reaction papers. Students enrolled in the workshop receive two credits.
    Winter 2015
    Daniel Abebe, Tom Ginsburg, Eric Posner, Adam Chilton
  • Workshop: International Law

    LAWS 63412 - 01 (1) a, m
    This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, is devoted to the intensive examination of current scholarship in international law. The workshop will meet four times per quarter for ninety minutes. Three of the workshop sessions each quarter will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by legal scholars and social scientists. The workshop will give students insight into cutting-edge research on why states form international agreements, and whether those agreements change state behavior. These sessions will occur roughly every other week. Grading is based on the completion of a series of reaction papers. Students enrolled in the workshop receive two credits.
    Spring 2015
    Daniel Abebe, Tom Ginsburg, Eric Posner, Adam Chilton
  • Workshop: Judicial Behavior

    LAWS 63812 - 01 (1) +, a, m, r, w
    The Workshop on Judicial Behavior provides students with a unique opportunity to read and analyze cutting-edge scholarship that focuses on how judges reach their decisions. In a case law system such as that of the United States, a realistic understanding of judicial behavior, which conventional legal instruction does not convey, is essential to the understanding and practice of law. Over the course of the academic year, six scholars from the fields of law and the social sciences will present their work. By the end of the academic year, students will produce a major research paper on judicial behavior. The Workshop is limited to twenty law students; interested students should contact Prof. Landes (land@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2014. It will meet seven times over the course of the academic year.
    Autumn 2014
    Richard A. Posner, Frank H. Easterbrook, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
  • Workshop: Judicial Behavior

    LAWS 63812 - 01 (1) a, m, r, w
    The Workshop on Judicial Behavior provides students with a unique opportunity to read and analyze cutting-edge scholarship that focuses on how judges reach their decisions. In a case law system such as that of the United States, a realistic understanding of judicial behavior, which conventional legal instruction does not convey, is essential to the understanding and practice of law. Over the course of the academic year, six scholars from the fields of law and the social sciences will present their work. By the end of the academic year, students will produce a major research paper on judicial behavior. The Workshop is limited to twenty law students; interested students should contact Prof. Landes (land@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2014. It will meet seven times over the course of the academic year.
    Winter 2015
    Richard A. Posner, Frank H. Easterbrook, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
  • Workshop: Judicial Behavior

    LAWS 63812 - 01 (1) a, m, r, w
    The Workshop on Judicial Behavior provides students with a unique opportunity to read and analyze cutting-edge scholarship that focuses on how judges reach their decisions. In a case law system such as that of the United States, a realistic understanding of judicial behavior, which conventional legal instruction does not convey, is essential to the understanding and practice of law. Over the course of the academic year, six scholars from the fields of law and the social sciences will present their work. By the end of the academic year, students will produce a major research paper on judicial behavior. The Workshop is limited to twenty law students; interested students should contact Prof. Landes (land@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2014. It will meet seven times over the course of the academic year.
    Spring 2015
    Richard A. Posner, Frank H. Easterbrook, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
  • Workshop: Law and Economics

    LAWS 56012 - 01 (1) a, m, x
    This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, is devoted to the intensive examination of selected problems in the application of economic reasoning to a wide variety of legal questions. Workshop sessions will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by faculty. In addition to workshop sessions, which occur approximately every other week, there will be discussion sessions, which will serve as opportunities for students to engage in in-depth, informal discussion of topics in law and economics with the instructor. This workshop does not require a research paper, but students interested in academic writing in law and economics are encouraged to use this workshop to develop their ideas. Grading is based on the completion of a series of reaction papers. Students enrolled in the workshop receive three credits; one in Autumn, one in Winter, and one in Spring.
    Autumn 2014
    William H. J. Hubbard
  • Workshop: Law and Economics

    LAWS 56012 - 01 (1) a, m
    This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, is devoted to the intensive examination of selected problems in the application of economic reasoning to a wide variety of legal questions. Workshop sessions will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by faculty. In addition to workshop sessions, which occur approximately every other week, there will be discussion sessions, which will serve as opportunities for students to engage in in-depth, informal discussion of topics in law and economics with the instructor. This workshop does not require a research paper, but students interested in academic writing in law and economics are encouraged to use this workshop to develop their ideas. Grading is based on the completion of a series of reaction papers. Students enrolled in the workshop receive three credits; one in Autumn, one in Winter, and one in Spring.
    Winter 2015
    William H. J. Hubbard
  • Workshop: Law and Economics

    LAWS 56012 - 01 (1) a, m
    This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, is devoted to the intensive examination of selected problems in the application of economic reasoning to a wide variety of legal questions. Workshop sessions will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by faculty. In addition to workshop sessions, which occur approximately every other week, there will be discussion sessions, which will serve as opportunities for students to engage in in-depth, informal discussion of topics in law and economics with the instructor. This workshop does not require a research paper, but students interested in academic writing in law and economics are encouraged to use this workshop to develop their ideas. Grading is based on the completion of a series of reaction papers. Students enrolled in the workshop receive three credits; one in Autumn, one in Winter, and one in Spring.
    Spring 2015
    William H. J. Hubbard
  • Workshop: Law and Philosophy: Free Speech and Its Critics

    LAWS 61512 - 01 (1) +, a, c/l, m, r, w
    The topic for 2014-15 will be "Free Speech and Its Critics." The Workshop will consider important philosophical defenses of free speech and critics of those rationales. Topics will include the idea of the "marketplace of ideas," autonomy interests in free speech, the harms of speech, and the problem of propaganda and other manipulative speech. Speakers during the year will include some or all of Susan Brison (Dartmouth), Frederick Schauer (Virginia), Robert Simpson (Monash), Seana Shiffrin (UCLA), Jason Stanley (Yale), and David Strauss (Chicago), among others. The instructors will meet with students for one hour a week before each speaker's arrival to discuss the paper (Monday, 4-5 pm). They will also meet with enrolled students for at least two two-hour sessions in Autumn to read and discuss at least Mill's On Liberty. Most of the visiting speakers will come in the Winter and Spring Quarters (roughly three per quarter). Attendance at all sessions of the Workshop is a requirement. JD students should contact bleiter@uchicago.edu with a resume and a brief statement of background and/or interest in the topic in order to secure permission to enroll. Philosophy PhD students may enroll without submitting these materials.
    Autumn 2014
    Martha Nussbaum, Brian Leiter
  • Workshop: Law and Philosophy: Free Speech and Its Critics

    LAWS 61512 - 01 (1) a, c/l, m, r, w
    The topic for 2014-15 will be "Free Speech and Its Critics." The Workshop will consider important philosophical defenses of free speech and critics of those rationales. Topics will include the idea of the "marketplace of ideas," autonomy interests in free speech, the harms of speech, and the problem of propaganda and other manipulative speech. Speakers during the year will include some or all of Susan Brison (Dartmouth), Frederick Schauer (Virginia), Robert Simpson (Monash), Seana Shiffrin (UCLA), Jason Stanley (Yale), and David Strauss (Chicago), among others. The instructors will meet with students for one hour a week before each speaker's arrival to discuss the paper (Monday, 4-5 pm). They will also meet with enrolled students for at least two two-hour sessions in Autumn to read and discuss at least Mill's On Liberty. Most of the visiting speakers will come in the Winter and Spring Quarters (roughly three per quarter). Attendance at all sessions of the Workshop is a requirement. JD students should contact bleiter@uchicago.edu with a resume and a brief statement of background and/or interest in the topic in order to secure permission to enroll. Philosophy PhD students may enroll without submitting these materials.
    Winter 2015
    Martha Nussbaum, Brian Leiter, Robert Simpson
  • Workshop: Law and Philosophy: Free Speech and Its Critics

    LAWS 61512 - 01 (1) +, a, c/l, m, r, w
    The topic for 2014-15 will be "Free Speech and Its Critics." The Workshop will consider important philosophical defenses of free speech and critics of those rationales. Topics will include the idea of the "marketplace of ideas," autonomy interests in free speech, the harms of speech, and the problem of propaganda and other manipulative speech. Speakers during the year will include some or all of Susan Brison (Dartmouth), Frederick Schauer (Virginia), Robert Simpson (Monash), Seana Shiffrin (UCLA), Jason Stanley (Yale), and David Strauss (Chicago), among others. The instructors will meet with students for one hour a week before each speaker's arrival to discuss the paper (Monday, 4-5 pm). They will also meet with enrolled students for at least two two-hour sessions in Autumn to read and discuss at least Mill's On Liberty. Most of the visiting speakers will come in the Winter and Spring Quarters (roughly three per quarter). Attendance at all sessions of the Workshop is a requirement. JD students should contact bleiter@uchicago.edu with a resume and a brief statement of background and/or interest in the topic in order to secure permission to enroll. Philosophy PhD students may enroll without submitting these materials.
    Spring 2015
    Martha Nussbaum, Brian Leiter, Robert Simpson
  • Workshop: Legal Scholarship

    LAWS 78711 - 01 (3) c/l, m, s, x
    This workshop may be taken for a full year on only in the fall quarter. It is open to all students, JSDs and LLMs are welcome. Both versions count as 1 seminar for purposes of the seminar limit. Students registered for the full year are required to either write a paper of publishable quality or revise a previously written paper for publication. The goal is to prepare students for the academic job market. Special attention is paid to topic selection, how to approach working on an original (not synthetic) project, and presentation skills. Students enrolled for the year will be expected to conduct themselves as they would if they were junior faculty members at a top law school, reading and commenting on the work of their peers. Optional lunches to discuss writing will be held throughout the year in the same format as the Faculty Round Table. The goal is to create a learning community that will provide students with the type of scholarly atmosphere the faculty here enjoys. There will be meetings on average every other week during Winter and Spring Quarters. The fall quarter only option is designed for several audiences: (1) students who want to decide if an academic career is for them; (2) students who wish to improve their skills as a public speaker; (3) students who want to improve their skills of critique while reading papers from a wide variety of subject areas; (4) and students who simply enjoy arguing about the law. Each week a young scholar present works-in progress and students play the role of the faculty in a faculty workshop. The class and the professor then provide feedback and suggestions to the presenter on aspects of both presentation style and the substance of the paper. The FALL ONLY version is graded on the basis of short reaction papers, a short research paper, and class participation. During Winter, the workshop is expected to meet the first four weeks of the quarter; during Spring, every other week.
    Autumn 2014
    Lisa Bernstein
  • Workshop: Legal Scholarship

    LAWS 78711 - 01 (1) a, c/l, m, r, w
    This workshop may be taken for a full year on only in the fall quarter. It is open to all students, JSDs and LLMs are welcome. Both versions count as 1 seminar for purposes of the seminar limit. Students registered for the full year are required to either write a paper of publishable quality or revise a previously written paper for publication. The goal is to prepare students for the academic job market. Special attention is paid to topic selection, how to approach working on an original (not synthetic) project, and presentation skills. Students enrolled for the year will be expected to conduct themselves as they would if they were junior faculty members at a top law school, reading and commenting on the work of their peers. Optional lunches to discuss writing will be held throughout the year in the same format as the Faculty Round Table. The goal is to create a learning community that will provide students with the type of scholarly atmosphere the faculty here enjoys. There will be meetings on average every other week during Winter and Spring Quarters. The fall quarter only option is designed for several audiences: (1) students who want to decide if an academic career is for them; (2) students who wish to improve their skills as a public speaker; (3) students who want to improve their skills of critique while reading papers from a wide variety of subject areas; (4) and students who simply enjoy arguing about the law. Each week a young scholar present works-in progress and students play the role of the faculty in a faculty workshop. The class and the professor then provide feedback and suggestions to the presenter on aspects of both presentation style and the substance of the paper. The FALL ONLY version is graded on the basis of short reaction papers, a short research paper, and class participation. During Winter, the workshop is expected to meet the first four weeks of the quarter; during Spring, every other week.
    Winter 2015
    Lisa Bernstein
  • Workshop: Legal Scholarship

    LAWS 78711 - 01 (2) a, c/l, m, r, w
    This workshop may be taken for a full year on only in the fall quarter. It is open to all students, JSDs and LLMs are welcome. Both versions count as 1 seminar for purposes of the seminar limit. Students registered for the full year are required to either write a paper of publishable quality or revise a previously written paper for publication. The goal is to prepare students for the academic job market. Special attention is paid to topic selection, how to approach working on an original (not synthetic) project, and presentation skills. Students enrolled for the year will be expected to conduct themselves as they would if they were junior faculty members at a top law school, reading and commenting on the work of their peers. Optional lunches to discuss writing will be held throughout the year in the same format as the Faculty Round Table. The goal is to create a learning community that will provide students with the type of scholarly atmosphere the faculty here enjoys. There will be meetings on average every other week during Winter and Spring Quarters. The fall quarter only option is designed for several audiences: (1) students who want to decide if an academic career is for them; (2) students who wish to improve their skills as a public speaker; (3) students who want to improve their skills of critique while reading papers from a wide variety of subject areas; (4) and students who simply enjoy arguing about the law. Each week a young scholar present works-in progress and students play the role of the faculty in a faculty workshop. The class and the professor then provide feedback and suggestions to the presenter on aspects of both presentation style and the substance of the paper. The FALL ONLY version is graded on the basis of short reaction papers, a short research paper, and class participation. During Winter, the workshop is expected to meet the first four weeks of the quarter; during Spring, every other week.
    Spring 2015
    Lisa Bernstein
  • Workshop: Public Law and Legal Theory

    LAWS 63402 - 01 (1) a, m, x
    Working from a variety of methodological orientations, the workshop examines questions arising at the intersections of public law, legal theory, and interdisciplinary work in law and the social sciences, with an emphasis on politics, legal history, and legal theory. Sessions are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by faculty members from other institutions. Students must enroll for the entire year and will receive one pass/fail credit. Students are required to read the papers, attend the workshop, ask questions, and to submit one reaction paper per quarter on a paper of their choosing.
    Autumn 2014
    R. H. Helmholz, Alison LaCroix, Jonathan Masur, Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Jennifer Nou
  • Workshop: Public Law and Legal Theory

    LAWS 63402 - 01 a, m
    Working from a variety of methodological orientations, the workshop examines questions arising at the intersections of public law, legal theory, and interdisciplinary work in law and the social sciences, with an emphasis on politics, legal history, and legal theory. Sessions are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by faculty members from other institutions. Students must enroll for the entire year and will receive one pass/fail credit. Students are required to read the papers, attend the workshop, ask questions, and to submit one reaction paper per quarter on a paper of their choosing.
    Winter 2015
    R. H. Helmholz, Alison LaCroix, Jonathan Masur, Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Jennifer Nou
  • Workshop: Public Law and Legal Theory

    LAWS 63402 - 01 a, m
    Working from a variety of methodological orientations, the workshop examines questions arising at the intersections of public law, legal theory, and interdisciplinary work in law and the social sciences, with an emphasis on politics, legal history, and legal theory. Sessions are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by faculty members from other institutions. Students must enroll for the entire year and will receive one pass/fail credit. Students are required to read the papers, attend the workshop, ask questions, and to submit one reaction paper per quarter on a paper of their choosing.
    Spring 2015
    R. H. Helmholz, Alison LaCroix, Jonathan Masur, Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Jennifer Nou
  • Workshop: Regulation of Family, Sex, and Gender

    LAWS 63312 - 01 (1) a, c/l, m, r, w, x
    This workshop exposes students to recent academic work in the regulation of family, sex, gender, and sexuality and in feminist theory. Workshop sessions, to be held irregularly throughout the winter and spring, are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers from outside speakers and University faculty. The substance and methodological orientation of the papers will both be diverse. The grade is based on a substantial paper or series of short papers, with class participation taken into account. Substantial paper writers require permission of the instructor. Undergraduates admitted only with permission of the instructor.
    Winter 2015
    Mary Anne Case
  • Workshop: Regulation of Family, Sex, and Gender

    LAWS 63312 - 01 (1) a, c/l, m, r, w
    This workshop exposes students to recent academic work in the regulation of family, sex, gender, and sexuality and in feminist theory. Workshop sessions, to be held irregularly throughout the winter and spring, are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers from outside speakers and University faculty. The substance and methodological orientation of the papers will both be diverse. The grade is based on a substantial paper or series of short papers, with class participation taken into account. Substantial paper writers require permission of the instructor. Undergraduates admitted only with permission of the instructor.
    Spring 2015
    Mary Anne Case
  • Writing and Research in the US Legal System

    LAWS 79903 - 01 (3) l, m, x
    In this seminar, international LLM students learn research and writing skills essential to the practice of US law. Students learn how to use these skills to win arguments, persuade clients and sharpen their own thinking. We discuss and practice the major principles of legal writing in plain English  no jargon, no legalese. The class functions largely as a workshop where we apply multiple research techniques and analyze the impact of various writing styles. Students meet individually with the instructor throughout the seminar. Regular class attendance is mandatory. Students must complete all assignments before the take-home examination, which determines the student s grade. This seminar is open only to LLM students and satisfies the legal research and writing prerequisite for the New York Bar exam.
    Autumn 2014
    Elizabeth Duquette,