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Richard A. Posner : Courses and Seminars

Greenberg Seminar: Greek Tragedy and Justice
LAWS 92000
(A, BID)This seminar will study tragedies based on two mythic themes: the House of Atreus (Aeschylus' Oresteia, Sophocles' Elektra, Euripides' Elektra and Orestes), and the Theban cycle (Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone, Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes), considering themes of justice and law. We will then consider literary representations of the trial and death of Socrates, especially by Plato. Please send a statement about your background in literature to both instructors. Places will be reserved for 2 LL.M. students.Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2016
Richard A. Posner, Martha C. Nussbaum
Workshop: Judicial Behavior
LAWS 63812
(++, A, SRP, WP, SEM)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 (w-landes@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2016. It will meet seven times over the course of the academic year.
Autumn 2016
Richard A. Posner, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
Greenberg Seminar: Greek Tragedy and Justice
LAWS 92000
(A)This seminar will study tragedies based on two mythic themes: the House of Atreus (Aeschylus' Oresteia, Sophocles' Elektra, Euripides' Elektra and Orestes), and the Theban cycle (Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone, Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes), considering themes of justice and law. We will then consider literary representations of the trial and death of Socrates, especially by Plato. Please send a statement about your background in literature to both instructors. Places will be reserved for 2 LL.M. students.Graded Pass/Fail.
Spring 2017
Richard A. Posner, Martha C. Nussbaum
Workshop: Judicial Behavior
LAWS 63812
(++, A, SRP, WP, SEM)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 (w-landes@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2016. It will meet seven times over the course of the academic year.
Spring 2017
Richard A. Posner, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
Greenberg Seminar: Greek Tragedy and Justice
LAWS 92000
(A)This seminar will study tragedies based on two mythic themes: the House of Atreus (Aeschylus' Oresteia, Sophocles' Elektra, Euripides' Elektra and Orestes), and the Theban cycle (Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannos, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone, Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes), considering themes of justice and law. We will then consider literary representations of the trial and death of Socrates, especially by Plato. Please send a statement about your background in literature to both instructors. Places will be reserved for 2 LL.M. students.Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2017
Richard A. Posner, Martha C. Nussbaum
Judicial Opinions and Judicial Opinion Writing
LAWS 52003
(WP, SKLL, BID, SEM)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.
Winter 2017
Richard A. Posner, Robert Hochman
The Roberts Court
LAWS 50312
(SRP, WP, BID, SEM)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 course 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.
Winter 2017
Richard A. Posner, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein, Adam Liptak
Workshop: Judicial Behavior
LAWS 63812
(++, A, SRP, WP, SEM)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 (w-landes@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2016. It will meet seven times over the course of the academic year.
Winter 2017
Richard A. Posner, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein