Gerald Rosenberg : Courses and Seminars
Law and Politics: U.S. Courts as Political Institutions
The purpose of this seminar is two-fold. First, the seminar aims to introduce students to the political science literature on courts understood as political institutions. In examining foundational parts of this literature, the seminar will focus on the relationship between the courts and other political institutions. The sorts of questions to be asked include: Are there interests that courts are particularly prone to support? What factors influence judicial decision-making? What effect does congressional or executive action have on court decisions? What impact do court decisions have? While the answers will not always be clear, students should complete the seminar with an awareness of and sensitivity to the political nature of the American legal system. Second, by critically assessing approaches to the study of the courts, the seminar seeks to highlight intelligent and sound approaches to the study of political institutions. Particular concern will focus on what assumptions students of courts have made, how evidence has been integrated into their studies, and what a good research design looks like.
Constitutional Law for LL.M. Students
This course is designed to introduce LL.M. students to U.S. constitutional law. Topics to be covered include the theory and practice of judicial review, the allocation of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, and the role of and interactions between the states and the federal government in the federal structure. In addition, the course will also cover key doctrines in selected areas to help students prepare to take the New York Bar. Students may not take both Constitutional Law I (LAWS 40101) and Constitutional Law for LL.M. Students (LAWS 40801).