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
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
  • Government Litigation

    LAWS 52503 - 01 (3) m, x
    The United States government is a party in about one-fifth of civil cases filed in federal courts. Similarly, state and local governments are routine civil litigants in state courts. This seminar explores issues that arise in civil cases in which government actors are plaintiffs or defendants. Topics covered will include sovereign immunity, legislative and executive standing, government preclusion, and attorney fees, as well as major regimes of government liability (e.g., Federal Tort Claims Act, Tucker Act, Bivens and Section 1983, and parens patriae litigation). This seminar also covers statutes under which private parties may sue on behalf of the government, most prominently the False Claims Act. Finally, this seminar will consider professional responsibility issues particular to government litigation. Grading will be based on a paper, a presentation, and class participation.
    Spring 2015
    Zachary D. Clopton
  • Greenberg Seminar: 1968

    LAWS 95902 - 08 (1) a, x
    This Greenberg Seminar, which will be taught by Geoffrey Stone and Jane Dailey (History Department), will explore the extraordinary events and historical significance of the year 1968. Using a range of materials, including art, literature, music, film, and historical sources, we will touch upon such events as the student takeover of Columbia University and the radical student movement; the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement; the growth of the Black Power movement; the emergence of the Women's Liberation Movement; the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy; Prague Spring; the 1968 Democratic Convention; the 1968 presidential election and its consequences. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Autumn 2014
    Geoffrey R. Stone, Jane Dailey
  • Greenberg Seminar: 1968

    LAWS 95902 - 08 a
    This Greenberg Seminar, which will be taught by Geoffrey Stone and Jane Dailey (History Department), will explore the extraordinary events and historical significance of the year 1968. Using a range of materials, including art, literature, music, film, and historical sources, we will touch upon such events as the student takeover of Columbia University and the radical student movement; the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement; the growth of the Black Power movement; the emergence of the Women's Liberation Movement; the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy; Prague Spring; the 1968 Democratic Convention; the 1968 presidential election and its consequences. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Winter 2015
    Geoffrey R. Stone, Jane Dailey
  • Greenberg Seminar: 1968

    LAWS 95902 - 08 a
    This Greenberg Seminar, which will be taught by Geoffrey Stone and Jane Dailey (History Department), will explore the extraordinary events and historical significance of the year 1968. Using a range of materials, including art, literature, music, film, and historical sources, we will touch upon such events as the student takeover of Columbia University and the radical student movement; the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement; the growth of the Black Power movement; the emergence of the Women's Liberation Movement; the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy; Prague Spring; the 1968 Democratic Convention; the 1968 presidential election and its consequences. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Spring 2015
    Geoffrey R. Stone, Jane Dailey
  • Greenberg Seminar: Criminal Justice and Medical Ethics in Literature

    LAWS 95902 - 04 (1) a, x
    Students in this seminar will read and discuss literature that relates to the respective disciplines of Professor Alison Siegler and of her father, Professor Mark Siegler of the Medical School. We will study selected criminal justice topics and medical ethics issues through the lens of novels, plays, and other primary sources. We will also explore the centrality of storytelling in lawyering and doctoring. Topics will include mens rea in Capote; sentencing in Shakespeare; end-of-life decision-making in Tolstoy; and crime, punishment, and ethics in Dylan’s music. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Autumn 2014
    Alison Siegler, Mark Siegler
  • Greenberg Seminar: Criminal Justice and Medical Ethics in Literature

    LAWS 95902 - 04 a
    Students in this seminar will read and discuss literature that relates to the respective disciplines of Professor Alison Siegler and of her father, Professor Mark Siegler of the Medical School. We will study selected criminal justice topics and medical ethics issues through the lens of novels, plays, and other primary sources. We will also explore the centrality of storytelling in lawyering and doctoring. Topics will include mens rea in Capote; sentencing in Shakespeare; end-of-life decision-making in Tolstoy; and crime, punishment, and ethics in Dylan’s music. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Winter 2015
    Alison Siegler, Mark Siegler
  • Greenberg Seminar: Criminal Justice and Medical Ethics in Literature

    LAWS 95902 - 04 a
    Students in this seminar will read and discuss literature that relates to the respective disciplines of Professor Alison Siegler and of her father, Professor Mark Siegler of the Medical School. We will study selected criminal justice topics and medical ethics issues through the lens of novels, plays, and other primary sources. We will also explore the centrality of storytelling in lawyering and doctoring. Topics will include mens rea in Capote; sentencing in Shakespeare; end-of-life decision-making in Tolstoy; and crime, punishment, and ethics in Dylan’s music. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Spring 2015
    Alison Siegler, Mark Siegler
  • Greenberg Seminar: Democracy’s Limits

    LAWS 95902 - 10 (1) a, x
    Twenty years ago Francis Fukuyama declared democracy to be triumphant, heralding the “end of history.” Today, Fukuyama's prediction contrasts with a retreat from democracy in Asia and Africa, and democracies in deep economic turmoil in Europe (and, arguably, the US). This Greenberg explores the state of democracy today, drawing on critiques mustered by economists and political scientists as well as looking at case studies from the US to India. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Autumn 2014
    Aziz Huq, Adam Chilton
  • Greenberg Seminar: Democracy’s Limits

    LAWS 95902 - 10 a
    Twenty years ago Francis Fukuyama declared democracy to be triumphant, heralding the “end of history.” Today, Fukuyama's prediction contrasts with a retreat from democracy in Asia and Africa, and democracies in deep economic turmoil in Europe (and, arguably, the US). This Greenberg explores the state of democracy today, drawing on critiques mustered by economists and political scientists as well as looking at case studies from the US to India. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Winter 2015
    Aziz Huq, Adam Chilton
  • Greenberg Seminar: Democracy’s Limits

    LAWS 95902 - 10 a
    Twenty years ago Francis Fukuyama declared democracy to be triumphant, heralding the “end of history.” Today, Fukuyama's prediction contrasts with a retreat from democracy in Asia and Africa, and democracies in deep economic turmoil in Europe (and, arguably, the US). This Greenberg explores the state of democracy today, drawing on critiques mustered by economists and political scientists as well as looking at case studies from the US to India. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Spring 2015
    Aziz Huq, Adam Chilton
  • Greenberg Seminar: Law and the Literature of the British Empire

    LAWS 95902 - 01 (1) +, a
    This seminar will read fiction written during and about the British Empire, with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on India. Authors read will include John Buchan, H. Rider Haggard, Rabindranath Tagore, E. M. Forster, Joseph Conrad, Mulk Raj Anand, George Orwell, and J. G. Farrell. Students interested in participating should send Prof. Nussbaum a short statement giving your reasons for your interest in the seminar and telling us about your background in literature and relevant parts of history. This seminar is capped at 12. Approximately 10 seats will be allocated to J.D. students and the rest to LL.M. students. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Autumn 2014
    Richard A. Posner, Martha Nussbaum, Dipesh Chakrabarty
  • Greenberg Seminar: Law and the Literature of the British Empire

    LAWS 95902 - 01 a
    This seminar will read fiction written during and about the British Empire, with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on India. Authors read will include John Buchan, H. Rider Haggard, Rabindranath Tagore, E. M. Forster, Joseph Conrad, Mulk Raj Anand, George Orwell, and J. G. Farrell. Students interested in participating should send Prof. Nussbaum a short statement giving your reasons for your interest in the seminar and telling us about your background in literature and relevant parts of history. This seminar is capped at 15. Approximately 10 seats will be allocated to J.D. students and the rest to LL.M. students. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Winter 2015
    Richard A. Posner, Martha Nussbaum, Dipesh Chakrabarty
  • Greenberg Seminar: Law and the Literature of the British Empire

    LAWS 95902 - 01 a
    This seminar will read fiction written during and about the British Empire, with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on India. Authors read will include John Buchan, H. Rider Haggard, Rabindranath Tagore, E. M. Forster, Joseph Conrad, Mulk Raj Anand, George Orwell, and J. G. Farrell. Students interested in participating should send Prof. Nussbaum a short statement giving your reasons for your interest in the seminar and telling us about your background in literature and relevant parts of history. This seminar is capped at 12. Approximately 10 seats will be allocated to J.D. students and the rest to LL.M. students. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Spring 2015
    Richard A. Posner, Martha Nussbaum, Dipesh Chakrabarty
  • Greenberg Seminar: Law Docs

    LAWS 95902 - 03 (1) a, x
    This Greenberg Seminar will involve discussion of notable documentary films with some connection to law. Participants will view the films (through Netflix for example) and then meet to discuss the films on five Thursday evenings during the Autumn and Winter Quarters. Likely films include The Art of the Steal (the story of the Barnes Foundation art collection and the fight to undo provisions in the original bequest); Capturing the Friedmans (credibility of witnesses in a case alleging sex abuse of young children); The Central Park Five (New York’s criminal justice system dealing with a racially charged crime); Portrait of Wally (legal battle over painting stolen by Nazis); West of Memphis (innocence on death row in Arkansas); Big Boys Gone Bananas (corporate campaign to prevent film-makers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company). Graded Pass/Fail.
    Autumn 2014
    Saul Levmore, Julie Roin
  • Greenberg Seminar: Law Docs

    LAWS 95902 - 03 a
    This Greenberg Seminar will involve discussion of notable documentary films with some connection to law. Participants will view the films (through Netflix for example) and then meet to discuss the films on five Thursday evenings during the Autumn and Winter Quarters. Likely films include The Art of the Steal (the story of the Barnes Foundation art collection and the fight to undo provisions in the original bequest); Capturing the Friedmans (credibility of witnesses in a case alleging sex abuse of young children); The Central Park Five (New York’s criminal justice system dealing with a racially charged crime); Portrait of Wally (legal battle over painting stolen by Nazis); West of Memphis (innocence on death row in Arkansas); Big Boys Gone Bananas (corporate campaign to prevent film-makers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company). Graded Pass/Fail.
    Winter 2015
    Saul Levmore, Julie Roin
  • Greenberg Seminar: Law Docs

    LAWS 95902 - 03 a
    This Greenberg Seminar will involve discussion of notable documentary films with some connection to law. Participants will view the films (through Netflix for example) and then meet to discuss the films on five Thursday evenings during the Autumn and Winter Quarters. Likely films include The Art of the Steal (the story of the Barnes Foundation art collection and the fight to undo provisions in the original bequest); Capturing the Friedmans (credibility of witnesses in a case alleging sex abuse of young children); The Central Park Five (New York’s criminal justice system dealing with a racially charged crime); Portrait of Wally (legal battle over painting stolen by Nazis); West of Memphis (innocence on death row in Arkansas); Big Boys Gone Bananas (corporate campaign to prevent film-makers from showing their documentary about a lawsuit against the company). Graded Pass/Fail.
    Spring 2015
    Saul Levmore, Julie Roin
  • Greenberg Seminar: Legal Themes in the Theater

    LAWS 95902 - 09 (1) a, x
    This Greenberg seminar, run with the artistic director of the Court Theater, Charles Newell, will explore how legal themes, such as conflict, and resolution, revenge, the state versus the individual, and the nature of authority, are explored in plays and theater. Most sessions will involve discussing one or more plays that explore a particular legal theme, sometimes exploring how the same theme is portrayed in different time periods and cultures. Pairings might include plays such as The Eueminides, MoLaRa (a South African reinterpretation of the Oresteia) and Death and the Maiden. Other plays (not yet set) may include plays such as Antigone, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Cain Mutiny, Inherit the Wind, All My Sons, and The Man in the Glass Booth. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Autumn 2014
    David A. Weisbach, Charles Newell
  • Greenberg Seminar: Legal Themes in the Theater

    LAWS 95902 - 09 a
    This Greenberg seminar, run with the artistic director of the Court Theater, Charles Newell, will explore how legal themes, such as conflict, and resolution, revenge, the state versus the individual, and the nature of authority, are explored in plays and theater. Most sessions will involve discussing one or more plays that explore a particular legal theme, sometimes exploring how the same theme is portrayed in different time periods and cultures. Pairings might include plays such as The Eueminides, MoLaRa (a South African reinterpretation of the Oresteia) and Death and the Maiden. Other plays (not yet set) may include plays such as Antigone, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Cain Mutiny, Inherit the Wind, All My Sons, and The Man in the Glass Booth. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Winter 2015
    David A. Weisbach, Charles Newell
  • Greenberg Seminar: Legal Themes in the Theater

    LAWS 95902 - 09 a
    This Greenberg seminar, run with the artistic director of the Court Theater, Charles Newell, will explore how legal themes, such as conflict, and resolution, revenge, the state versus the individual, and the nature of authority, are explored in plays and theater. Most sessions will involve discussing one or more plays that explore a particular legal theme, sometimes exploring how the same theme is portrayed in different time periods and cultures. Pairings might include plays such as The Eueminides, MoLaRa (a South African reinterpretation of the Oresteia) and Death and the Maiden. Other plays (not yet set) may include plays such as Antigone, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Cain Mutiny, Inherit the Wind, All My Sons, and The Man in the Glass Booth. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Spring 2015
    David A. Weisbach, Charles Newell
  • Greenberg Seminar: Native Americans

    LAWS 95902 - 02 (1) a, x
    In this Greenberg Seminar, professors Todd Henderson (Law) and Justin Richland (Anthropology) will lead discussions of works of fiction and non-fiction regarding Native Americans. Professor Henderson lived briefly on the Navajo/Hopi Reservation and recently taught a seminar on American Indian Law. Professor Richland specializes in Native American law and politics. He has served as a justice on the Hopi Appellate Court and is the founder of a non-profit designed to bring social justice services to native peoples. The historical plight of Native Americans is well known, but often misunderstood; the current situation is not as well known, and equally misunderstood where it is. The aim of this Greenberg is to put the history in perspective, and to illuminate the current situation of the nearly 500 semi-autonomous tribes of American Indians that exist today. Graded Pass/Fail.
    Autumn 2014
    M. Todd Henderson, Justin Richland