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
  • The Evolving Relationship between the Federal Government and the States

    LAWS 97604 - 01 (3) c/l, m, w, x
    This seminar will examine the origins of federal and States' powers; how conflicts between the two have been resolved; how and why there has been an expansion or contraction of States' powers in specific substantive areas; and what political, policy, economic and other factors have affected these changes. Some of the substantive topics to be discussed include K-12 education, election and voting rights, environmental laws, health care, gun control, and the legalization of marijuana. Resources will include current news articles and commentaries. Guest lecturers to be invited will include practitioners and politicians. The grade is based on a final written paper and class participation.
    Spring 2015
    Fay Hartog-Levin
  • The Interbellum Constitution

    LAWS 90203 - 01 (3) m, r, w, x
    This seminar examines the legal and intellectual history of debates concerning American constitutional law and politics between the Revolution and the Civil War, approximately 1800 to 1860. Topics to be discussed include internal improvements, the market revolution, federal regulation of slavery in the territories, the role of the federal courts, and the development of a national culture. The grade will be based on a final written paper, a short in-class presentation, and class participation.
    Winter 2015
    Alison LaCroix
  • The Life and Times of the Warren Court

    LAWS 50313 - 01 (3) +, c/l, m, r, w
    This seminar will explore the historical and constitutional dimensions of the Warren Court. It will examine the Court's decisions in such areas as racial discrimination, voting, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, criminal procedure, and privacy. The focus will be not only on the decisions, but also on the historical, political, legal, and cultural factors that shaped the Warren Court's work. We will also examine several of the Justices as individuals as well as the Warren Court's legacy. Each student will write several short papers during the course of the quarter. Upper-level History undergraduates with consent of instructors.
    Spring 2015
    Geoffrey R. Stone, Jane Dailey
  • The Roberts Court

    LAWS 50312 - 01 (3) m, r, w, x
    Co-taught by Professor Lee Epstein and Mr. Adam Liptak (Supreme Court correspondent of the New York Times) with Judge Richard A. Posner and Professors Dennis Hutchinson and William M. Landes also participating, this seminar will examine the contemporary Supreme Court. Topics include the Court's membership; its procedures for selecting cases for review; the role of lawyers, law clerks, and journalists; and doctrinal developments in several areas of the law. This is a special seminar that will meet on: Friday, April 10, 2015: 9 am-Noon; 2-4 pm Saturday, April 11, 2015: 9 am-Noon; 2-4 pm Sunday, April 12, 2015: 9 am-Noon In April or May, we will hold a session for student paper presentations
    Spring 2015
    Richard A. Posner, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein, Adam Liptak
  • The US-China Treaty Project

    LAWS 80806 - 01 (3) m, w, x
    The United States and China are engaged in the most important bilateral relationship of our era, yet the relationship remains random, fragile, and mistrustful. China’s rising influence threatens to change the global status quo, and the United States is understandably concerned. If these two giants learn how to collaborate, they could conceivably solve the world’s greatest problems. Alternatively, if they elect to contest each other at every turn, the result will be global instability and crisis. Unfortunately, the Shanghai Communiqué, which helped to open China forty years ago, is no longer sufficient as a guide; a new framework is needed. The world has grown less structured and more volatile, and the two nations are more competitive than ever. The risk of conflict is growing along with the volume of sensitive interactions. It is time for both nations to negotiate a new bargain that will guide and support the steady maturation of their high-potential, high-risk relationship. This seminar will advocate that the two nations develop a new, fifty-year treaty in the form of a strategic cooperation agreement. We will define the rationale and the case for action, draft major components of the proposed treaty, outline the pathway required for adoption, and transmit our end-product to foreign policy authorities in Washington and Beijing. Grading will be determined by class participation and by performance across three short papers. The first paper will examine best practices in bilateral treaty development; the second will focus on critical factors in the future United States – China relationship; and, the third will require drafting of key components for the proposed treaty.
    Spring 2015
    Tom Manning
  • When is Political Power Legitimate?

    LAWS 98403 - 01 (2 to 3) c/l, m, w, x
    When political power is exercised, what makes it legitimate? Political theorists have long wondered how to justify political rule, which in general is any system whereby certain people get to make decisions on behalf of others and direct them to comply with the decisions, often ensuring their compliance through the threat or use of force. What justification can be provided for the normative standing of such systems of rule? The question of legitimacy is distinct from whether political rule is just or whether it is lawful (exercised according to a constitutional order), although those questions are not entirely separable. In this seminar, we will examine the possible grounds on which we might begin to establish why and how a particular political order is legitimate. We will begin with the paradigmatic case of the state, but we will also look at sub-national and international forms of political rule. We will examine and assess the prominent kinds of answers offered to this question: the common good / social welfare, individual freedom / natural rights, the social contract, and the democratic ideal of equality. Readings will include philosophers such as Plato, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, as well as contemporary theorists such as Hannah Arendt, John Rawls, and Joseph Raz. Students will be evaluated based on class participation and their final option. Students have the option of taking a final exam or submitting a series of thought papers (for two credits), or submitting a set of short research papers or a major research paper (for three credits).
    Spring 2015
  • Workshop: Constitutional Law

    LAWS 63612 - 01 (1) a, m, r, w, x
    This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, exposes students to current academic work in constitutional law and theory and other areas of public law. Workshop sessions are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers from outside speakers, at six to eight sessions to be conducted regularly throughout the academic year. Enrollment may be limited. This workshop may be taken for fulfillment of the Substantial Research Paper graduation requirement. Grading is based on a substantial paper (or two shorter papers) plus brief reaction papers on each of the workshop papers. As an alternative to writing a long paper, you may write two or more extended reaction papers (i.e., 10-12 pages) to the papers presented in the workshop. You have to get our approval in advance for this option. We encourage it if you find that you have a lot to say about some of the workshop papers. If you wish to receive Writing Project (WP) credit for this option, you must submit a draft of each of the two long response papers to us and satisfactorily incorporate our suggestions.
    Autumn 2014
    Aziz Huq, David A. Strauss
  • Workshop: Constitutional Law

    LAWS 63612 - 01 (1) a, m, r, w
    This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, exposes students to current academic work in constitutional law and theory and other areas of public law. Workshop sessions are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers from outside speakers, at six to eight sessions to be conducted regularly throughout the academic year. Enrollment may be limited. This workshop may be taken for fulfillment of the Substantial Research Paper graduation requirement. Grading is based on a substantial paper (or two shorter papers) plus brief reaction papers on each of the workshop papers. As an alternative to writing a long paper, you may write two or more extended reaction papers (i.e., 10-12 pages) to the papers presented in the workshop. You have to get our approval in advance for this option. We encourage it if you find that you have a lot to say about some of the workshop papers. If you wish to receive Writing Project (WP) credit for this option, you must submit a draft of each of the two long response papers to us and satisfactorily incorporate our suggestions.
    Winter 2015
    Aziz Huq, David A. Strauss
  • Workshop: Constitutional Law

    LAWS 63612 - 01 (1) a, m, r, w
    This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, exposes students to current academic work in constitutional law and theory and other areas of public law. Workshop sessions are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers from outside speakers, at six to eight sessions to be conducted regularly throughout the academic year. Enrollment may be limited. This workshop may be taken for fulfillment of the Substantial Research Paper graduation requirement. Grading is based on a substantial paper (or two shorter papers) plus brief reaction papers on each of the workshop papers. As an alternative to writing a long paper, you may write two or more extended reaction papers (i.e., 10-12 pages) to the papers presented in the workshop. You have to get our approval in advance for this option. We encourage it if you find that you have a lot to say about some of the workshop papers. If you wish to receive Writing Project (WP) credit for this option, you must submit a draft of each of the two long response papers to us and satisfactorily incorporate our suggestions.
    Spring 2015
    Aziz Huq, David A. Strauss
  • 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, 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, 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, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
  • 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 (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: 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
  • Young Center Immigrant Child Advocacy Clinic

    LAWS 65013 - 01 (1 to 3) a, s, w
    The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights Clinic combines international human rights, immigration law and children's rights law. Students in the clinic serve as Child Advocate (similar to a guardian ad litem) for unaccompanied immigrant children detained in Chicago. Unaccompanied immigrant children come to the U.S. from all corners of the world, on their own. They are apprehended—typically at the U.S./Mexico border—then detained and placed in deportation proceedings. Law students are appointed to serve as Child Advocate for the most vulnerable of these children and are responsible for advocating for the best interests of the assigned child on issues relating to care, custody, release, legal relief and safe repatriation. Since there is no substantive best interests standard under the Immigration and Nationality Act, students look to state child welfare law and international human rights law, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and UNHCR Guidelines. In addition, students have the opportunity to engage in legislative and policy advocacy aimed at reforming the immigration system to better protect the rights of children. Students are assigned to work one-on-one with children at Chicago-area detention facilities. Each student meets weekly with the child, and advocates on behalf of the child with federal officials, immigration judges and asylum officers. The clinic admits both 2Ls and 3Ls. Language skills are not required, but students who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Romanian, or American Sign Language are strongly encouraged to apply. Students who enroll in the clinic must: 1. Participate in a 2-day orientation on Oct. 4 & 5, 2014; 2. Participate in brown bag lunch meetings. For more information, visit: www.TheYoungCenter.org. You may also contact Elizabeth Frankel at efrankel@law.uchicago.edu or 773-702-9587 or Maria Woltjen at mwoltjen@uchicago.edu or 773-702-0349.
    Autumn 2014
    Elizabeth Frankel, Maria Woltjen, Jajah Wu, Marcy Phillips