Gerald Rosenberg : Courses and Seminars
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 power of, and limitations on, judicial power, and judicial involvement in economic policy. In addition, the course will cover key doctrines in the areas of equal protection and implied fundamental rights to help students prepare to take the New York Bar.
Law and Politics: U.S. Courts as Political Institutions
(++, SRP, WP, CL, CORE, SEM)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.