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Richard A. Posner : Courses and Seminars

Greenberg Seminar: Law and the Literature of the British Empire
LAWS 95902
This seminar will read fiction written during and about the British Empire, with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on India. Authors read will include John Buchan, H. Rider Haggard, Rabindranath Tagore, E. M. Forster, Joseph Conrad, Mulk Raj Anand, George Orwell, and J. G. Farrell. Students interested in participating should send Prof. Nussbaum a short statement giving your reasons for your interest in the seminar and telling us about your background in literature and relevant parts of history. This seminar is capped at 12. Approximately 10 seats will be allocated to J.D. students and the rest to LL.M. students. Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2014
Richard A. Posner, Martha Nussbaum, Dipesh Chakrabarty
Workshop: Judicial Behavior
LAWS 63812
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, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
Greenberg Seminar: Law and the Literature of the British Empire
LAWS 95902
This seminar will read fiction written during and about the British Empire, with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on India. Authors read will include John Buchan, H. Rider Haggard, Rabindranath Tagore, E. M. Forster, Joseph Conrad, Mulk Raj Anand, George Orwell, and J. G. Farrell. Students interested in participating should send Prof. Nussbaum a short statement giving your reasons for your interest in the seminar and telling us about your background in literature and relevant parts of history. This seminar is capped at 15. Approximately 10 seats will be allocated to J.D. students and the rest to LL.M. students. Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2015
Richard A. Posner, Martha Nussbaum, Dipesh Chakrabarty
Judicial Opinions and Judicial Opinion Writing
LAWS 52003
For many graduates of this law school, their first job is as a judicial law clerk, usually in a federal court of appeals. A few graduates will eventually become judges. More important, many, many graduates will have a litigation practice. As law clerks or judges, they must learn to write judicial opinions. As practicing lawyers, they must learn to think like judges so that they will know how to communicate with them effectively, in briefs and at oral argument: something few lawyers know how to do. The seminar aims to teach law students how to think and write like judges, and so to equip them for a future as law clerks, judges, practicing lawyers--or all three. The grade will be based on a series of short research papers.
Winter 2015
Richard A. Posner
Workshop: Judicial Behavior
LAWS 63812
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, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
Greenberg Seminar: Law and the Literature of the British Empire
LAWS 95902
This seminar will read fiction written during and about the British Empire, with a particular, though not exclusive, focus on India. Authors read will include John Buchan, H. Rider Haggard, Rabindranath Tagore, E. M. Forster, Joseph Conrad, Mulk Raj Anand, George Orwell, and J. G. Farrell. Students interested in participating should send Prof. Nussbaum a short statement giving your reasons for your interest in the seminar and telling us about your background in literature and relevant parts of history. This seminar is capped at 12. Approximately 10 seats will be allocated to J.D. students and the rest to LL.M. students. Graded Pass/Fail.
Spring 2015
Richard A. Posner, Martha Nussbaum, Dipesh Chakrabarty
The Roberts Court
LAWS 50312
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
Workshop: Judicial Behavior
LAWS 63812
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, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein