Legal History Courses

The courses listed below provide a taste of the Legal History courses offered at the Law School, although no formal groupings exist in our curriculum. This list includes the courses taught in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Not all of these courses are offered every year, but this list will give you a representative sample of the variety of courses we might offer over any two-year period. Other new courses will likely be offered during your time at the Law School. To browse course descriptions for the current year, visit our Students section.


American Indian Law

American Law and the Rhetoric of Race

American Legal History, 1607-1870

American Legal History: The Twentieth Century

The Constitution in Congress

Development of Legal Institutions

European Legal History

Evolution of Legal Doctrine

The Evolving Relationship between the Federal Government and the States

The Grand Jury: History, Law and Practice

Greenberg Seminar: 1968

Greenberg Seminar: Law and the Literature of the British Empire

Greenberg Seminar: Native Americans

Greenberg Seminar: States and Markets in American History

Historical Semantics and Legal Interpretation: Questions and Methods

History of Civil Liberties in the United States

Human Rights II: History and Theory

The Interbellum Constitution

Labor History and the Law

Law and Race

Legalistic Wrongdoing in Hitler's Europe and Postwar Restitution in American Federal Courts

The Life and Times of the Warren Court

Life in the Law


Originalism and its Critics

Roman Law

Theories of Property

When is Political Power Legitimate?