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Eric A. Posner : Courses and Seminars

Contracts
LAWS 30511
(A, 1L) 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.
Spring 2017
Eric A. Posner
Trump and the Presidency
LAWS 53392
(BID, CORE, SEM) Donald Trump’s election was one of the most polarizing events of modern American history. While Trump’s supporters celebrated the victory of their candidate, many of Trump’s critics argued that Trump’s election was illegitimate, and demonstrators took to the streets. Even after a short time in office, Trump’s actions have—according to his critics—showed a profound indifference to democratic institutions. They complain that he has violated constitutional norms by retaining his business ties, issuing aggressive executive orders, and attacking the press, among other actions. But are the critics right? Is Trump a normal president or a constitutional aberration? We will examine these questions from the standpoint of law, history, and political theory. The seminar will require three, 5-page response papers.
Spring 2017
Eric A. Posner