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Richard A. Posner : Courses and Seminars

Greenberg Seminar: Satan in Law and Literature
LAWS 95902
The Prince of Darkness (aka Lucifer, Satan, Mephistopheles, The Old Man Down the Road, and many other aliases) has left a deep mark on all the arts, not least on literature. He is an irresistible magnet for performers, from Samuel Ramey to Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger. And his cult remains vigorous in the United States, posing numerous challenges for law. We propose to study some leading works of literature in the tradition of Satanology, including works by Dante, Marlowe, Milton, Goethe, and John Updike. We will then look at recent cases involving the claims of Satanists. Prospective students should send to both instructors a statement indicating your background in literature and your reasons for interest in the course. Graded Pass/Fail.
Autumn 2015
Richard A. Posner, Martha Nussbaum
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 (w-landes@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2015. It will meet seven times over the course of the academic year.
Autumn 2015
Richard A. Posner, Frank H. Easterbrook, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
Greenberg Seminar: Satan in Law and Literature
LAWS 95902
The Prince of Darkness (aka Lucifer, Satan, Mephistopheles, The Old Man Down the Road, and many other aliases) has left a deep mark on all the arts, not least on literature. He is an irresistible magnet for performers, from Samuel Ramey to Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger. And his cult remains vigorous in the United States, posing numerous challenges for law. We propose to study some leading works of literature in the tradition of Satanology, including works by Dante, Marlowe, Milton, Goethe, and John Updike. We will then look at recent cases involving the claims of Satanists. Prospective students should send to both instructors a statement indicating your background in literature and your reasons for interest in the course. Graded Pass/Fail.
Winter 2016
Richard A. Posner, Martha Nussbaum
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.
Winter 2016
Richard A. Posner, Robert Hochman
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 seminar will meet: Friday, January 29: 9:00 a.m. to noon; 2:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2015: 9:00 a.m. to noon; 2:00-4:00 p.m. Sunday, January 31: 9:00 a.m. to noon with an additional session in the Spring quarter for paper presentations.
Winter 2016
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 (w-landes@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2015. It will meet seven times over the course of the academic year.
Winter 2016
Richard A. Posner, Frank H. Easterbrook, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein
Greenberg Seminar: Satan in Law and Literature
LAWS 95902
The Prince of Darkness (aka Lucifer, Satan, Mephistopheles, The Old Man Down the Road, and many other aliases) has left a deep mark on all the arts, not least on literature. He is an irresistible magnet for performers, from Samuel Ramey to Jack Nicholson and Mick Jagger. And his cult remains vigorous in the United States, posing numerous challenges for law. We propose to study some leading works of literature in the tradition of Satanology, including works by Dante, Marlowe, Milton, Goethe, and John Updike. We will then look at recent cases involving the claims of Satanists. Prospective students should send to both instructors a statement indicating your background in literature and your reasons for interest in the course. Graded Pass/Fail.
Spring 2016
Richard A. Posner, Martha Nussbaum
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 (w-landes@uchicago.edu) by the start of Autumn quarter 2015. It will meet seven times over the course of the academic year.
Spring 2016
Richard A. Posner, Frank H. Easterbrook, Dennis J. Hutchinson, William M. Landes, Lee Epstein