Eric Posner : Courses and Seminars
Originalism and its Critics
This seminar covers a prominent and controversial method of constitutional interpretation -- originalism. Students will read judicial opinions and academic scholarship on different aspects of the original meaning of the Constitution, as well as theoretical scholarship for and against originalism, and scholarship confronting challenges such as precedent and changing circumstances. A prior constitutional law course is highly recommended. Grading will be based on class participation and a series of very short reaction papers plus a longer, final reflection paper.
Eric Posner, William Baude
This course will consider the regulation of banks and other financial institutions in the United States. The focus will be on the current regulatory scheme, with some attention to the recent financial crisis, the history of banking regulation, and proposals for reform. The student's grade will be based on a proctored final examination.
This course, offered over two sequential quarters, is an introduction to commercial and consumer law and lays the foundation for advanced study in commercial transactions, corporations, restitution, consumer credit, insurance, labor and employment law, and investment securities. Substantively, the Contracts course deals with how contracts are formed, which contracts are valid, when a contract has been breached and the various remedies for breach, including damages, specific performance, and restitution. The course is also designed to introduce the student to legal methodology and to compare the common law with the techniques of statutory interpretation, particularly in connection with the Uniform Commercial Code. The student's grade is based on a single final examination.