Complementary, Multi-Disciplinary, and Cross-Listed Courses

Professor Brian Leiter

The courses listed below provide a taste of the Administrative Law courses offered at the Law School, although no formal groupings exist in our curriculum. This list includes the courses taught in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 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.

PLEASE NOTE: This page does not include courses for the current academic year. To browse current course offerings, visit my.UChicago.

Advanced Industrial Organization III 

Spring 2017, Dennis Carlton

This course will complement the other courses in the Ph.D. sequence for industrial organization and will focus on topics closely related to antitrust economics and regulation. Topics will include optimal price discrimination, bundling, tie in sales, price fixing, two sided markets including credit cards, the theory of optimal regulation, and the empirical facts of regulation. The course is primarily for PhDs in economics and business, but advanced law students interested in antitrust and regulation plus advanced and interested MBAs are welcome.

Advanced Topics in Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy

Winter 2018, Michael Forster and Brian Leiter

Anglophone epistemology has recently become interested in the question whether the origin of our beliefs matters to their acceptability or justification. The intuitive thought is simple: If you had been brought up in a different family, or a different culture, or at a different time, your moral, religious, and philosophical beliefs (among any others) would likely have been very different than they are. Shouldn't that make us wonder whether we are really justified in believing what we believe? Should the origin or historical contingency of our beliefs and values make us skeptical about them, or lead us to revise them? Many historical figures have thought so: in different ways, Herder, Marx, and Nietzsche. Many recent Anglophone philosophers think not: they ask what epistemological principle would license a localized skepticism about certain beliefs without having far-reaching implications? When does the etiology of belief matter epistemically and when does it not? We begin by looking at contemporary approaches to this question in the recent Anglophone literature, then turn to the important historical figures concerned with these issues. Final grade will be based on a major paper.

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  • Winter 2017, Michael Forster and Brian Leiter

American Law and the Rhetoric of Race

Spring 2017, Dennis Hutchinson

This course presents an episodic study of the ways in which American law has treated legal issues involving race. Two episodes are studied in detail: the criminal law of slavery during the antebellum period and the constitutional attack on state-imposed segregation in the twentieth century. The case method is used, although close attention is paid to litigation strategy as well as to judicial opinions. Undergraduate students registering in the LLSO, PLSC, HIST, AMER cross-listed offerings must go through the undergraduate pre-registration process. Law students do NOT need consent.

Anthropology and Law

Winter 2018, Christopher Fennell

This seminar for law students and graduate students in the social sciences will provide an introduction to the field of legal anthropology. We will address anthropological theories of the nature of law and disputes, examine related studies of legal structures in non-Western cultures, and consider the uses of anthropology in studying facets of our own legal system. By examining individual legal institutions in the context of their particular cultural settings, we can begin to make cross-cultural comparisons and contrasts. In so doing, we confront the challenge of interpreting and understanding the legal rules and institutions of other cultures while assessing the impact of our own social norms and biases on the analysis. Thus, our analytic and interpretative approach will require us to examine the cultural assumptions that underpin various aspects of our own belief systems and the American legal system. Requirements for this seminar course include preparation of a research paper and thoughtful class participation. Writing for this seminar may be used as partial fulfillment of the JD writing requirement (SRP or WP).

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  • Winter 2017, Christopher Fennell

Behavioral Law and Economics

Spring 2018, Jonathan Masur

This seminar will explore a set of frontier issues at the intersection of law and human behavior, including people's conduct under risk and uncertainty; the commitment to fairness; social influences and peer pressure; extremism; adaptation; happiness; discrimination; and judicial behavior. Some discussion will be devoted to the uses and limits of paternalism. Grades will be based on class participation and a series of short papers.

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  • Spring 2017, Jonathan Masur

Big Problems

Spring 2018, David Weisbach, Anup Malani, Robert Topel, Kevin Murphy

The Big Problems course will use multidisciplinary approaches to try to understand and tackle the most important problems facing our country or the world. The first 8 weeks will be taught by the instructors and outside experts, focusing on problems such as the Zika virus, Syrian migration to Europe, cybersecurity, nuclear waste storage, opioid addiction, sex trafficking, and policing and race relations. Students will work in teams of 2 business and 2 law students to develop feasible policy or private sector solutions to a problem of their choosing and make a presentation in the last 2 weeks. Presentations will be made to instructors, outside experts and fellow students. This class requires instructor consent. Interested students should email their CV to Professor Weisbach and Professor Malani at d-weisbach@uchicago.eduand amalani@uchicago.edu. Final grade will be based on a major paper (20-25 pages).

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  • Spring 2017, David Weisbach, Anup Malani, Robert Topel, Kevin Murphy

Business Planning

Winter 2018, Keith Crow and Anthony Sexton

This seminar develops and applies the student's knowledge of taxation and corporate and securities law in the solution of a series of transactional problems involving typical steps in business formation and rearrangement. The problems include the formation of a closely held company; the transition to public ownership of the corporation; executive compensation arrangements; the purchase and sale of a business; and mergers, tender offers, and other types of combination transactions. Small-group discussions and lectures are employed. The student's grade is based on a final examination; students may earn an additional credit by writing a paper on a topic approved by the instructors. The student must have taken (or be taking concurrently) Business Organizations and Corporate Tax I or receive instructor approval.

Business Strategy

Autumn 2017, Emir Kamenica

This course applies tools from microeconomics, game theory, industrial organization, and theory of the firm to analyze decisions facing firms in a competitive environment. The specific focus is on strategic decisions where each firm's profits depend critically on the actions chosen by its competitors. Classes combine case analysis and discussions with lectures. Topics include pricing, positioning, strategic commitment, firm structure, and entry and exit.

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  • Autumn 2016, Emir Kamenica

Capital Markets Transactions

Winter 2018, Carol Anne Huff

This seminar examines selected legal issues and documents in connection with capital raising transactions by companies and investment banks in the U.S., including initial public offerings and offerings of investment grade and high yield debt securities. The seminar will review the key aspects of offering equity and debt securities, including relevant offering documents and contractual agreements (such as prospectuses, underwriting agreements and indentures), applicable SEC and stock exchange regulation and disclosure issues. Topics will also include the issuance of securities in the context of out-of-court restructuring transactions, as well as related disclosure issues, and alternative means of "going public" in the U.S., including spin-offs. The seminar will include analysis of deal-related issues and case studies. Securities Regulation is a prerequisite. Final grade will be based on: substantial out of classroom work, class participation.

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  • Winter 2017, Carol Anne Huff

Communications and Advocacy for Lawyers

Winter 2018, Marsha Nagorsky

No skill is more important for a lawyer than communication, and this is especially true when lawyers are engaged in public advocacy. Students in this hands-on seminar will develop skills in writing and presentation geared toward advocacy. Students will take on the role of a spokesperson for an organization (non-profit, business, or law firm) and learn to advocate for that organization though writing op-eds, press releases, blog posts, and communications plans; preparing and delivering presentations and slide decks; and engaging through press conferences, media interviews, and crisis communications. Topics covered will include creating and adjusting communications based on audience and medium; writing persuasively, especially for non-legal audiences; communications plan development, media training, and public speaking with and without preparation. Students will be expected to speak regularly before the class and outsiders, write on a weekly basis, and edit each other's work. Students will be graded on quality of work product, participation in class, and improvement over the class time.

The Constitutional Rights of Minors from the Minors' Point of View

Winter 2018, Emily Buss

In this seminar, a small number of law students will collaborate with Professor Buss in teaching a course to high school students from the Woodlawn Charter School (and also possible from the Laboratory Schools) on students' constitutional rights in school. Each class will focus on a different case and related doctrine, and will engage the high school students in a discussion of a scenario that asks them to apply the doctrine to new facts. Topics will include student speech and religious exercise, drug testing and locker searches, procedural rights in the context of disciplinary actions, and race and gender discrimination, among others. Before each class students will read an edited version of a Supreme Court case and will prepare to discuss a case study. After each class the high school students will write a brief reflection piece. Each law student will be paired with two high school students, and will interact with those students in and out of class. Law students will check in with the high school students to assist with class preparation, and will review and comment on the students' reflection pieces. During class, law students will help facilitate the small group discussions. Law students will also submit brief weekly reports of their students' class participation and their out-of-class interactions. At some point in or after the quarter (the timing will be at the law students' discretion, within the time frame permitted under the school's paper policy), Law Student's will write a paper that discusses one of the topics we have covered, and that particularly draws on the high school students' perspective, shared in and out of class, to develop a theme relevant to the doctrine in question. Students interested in applying for this class should send a note of interest to Professor Buss ebussdos@uchicago.edu by October 6, 2017.

Critical Legal Studies vs. Law and Economics

Spring 2018, William Hubbard

This seminar will explore two kindred (!) schools of legal thought: critical legal studies (including critical race theory and critical legal studies scholarship on gender and status) and law and economics. We will read canonical and representative works from both schools, with special attention to their critiques of each other. We will attempt to identify the ways in which these critiques have influenced, or should influence, current research and teaching in law. For students who want to earn 2 credits, grades will be based on class participation and a series of short papers. Students who wish to take the class for 3 credits will be required to write a series of research papers totaling 20-25 pages, and will also be graded on class participation.

Emotion, Reason, and Law 

Spring 2018, Martha Nussbaum

Emotions figure in many areas of the law, and many legal doctrines (from reasonable provocation in homicide to mercy in criminal sentencing) invite us to think about emotions and their relationship to reason. In addition, some prominent theories of the limits of law make reference to emotions: thus Lord Devlin and, more recently, Leon Kass have argued that the disgust of the average member of society is a sufficient reason for rendering a practice illegal, even though it does no harm to others. Emotions, however, are all too rarely studied closely, with the result that both theory and doctrine are often confused. The first part of this course will study major theories of emotion, asking about the relationship between emotion and cognition, focusing on philosophical accounts, but also learning from anthropology and psychology. We will ask how far emotions embody cognitions, and of what type, and then we will ask whether there is reason to consider some or all emotions "irrational" in a normative sense. We then turn to the criminal law, asking how specific emotions figure in doctrine and theory: anger, fear, compassion, disgust, guilt, and shame. Legal areas considered will include self-defense, reasonable provocation, mercy, victim impact statements, sodomy laws, sexual harassment, shame-based punishments. Next, we turn to the role played by emotions in constitutional law and in thought about just institutions - a topic that seems initially unpromising, but one that will turn out to be full of interest. Other topics will be included as time permits. Law students and Ph.D. students may register without permission. All others need instructor's permission.

Evolution of Legal Doctrine

Autumn 2017, Frank Easterbrook

Legal doctrines have life cycles. They are born and mature. Many doctrines fade and die. There is a form of natural selection among doctrines, with several candidates offering to serve the same function in different ways. This seminar looks at the maturation and replacement of doctrines, posing the question why some die and others survive. Scope is eclectic: the doctrines range from "separate but equal" under the equal protection clause to the "original package doctrine" under the commerce clause, from the appointment of counsel under the Sixth Amendment to the understanding of the Rules of Decision Act (that is, why Swift gave way to Erie). The premise of the seminar is that those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it. Final grade will be based on: a series of short research papers and class participation.

Feminist Economics and Public Policy

Spring 2017, Diana Strassmann

This seminar will explore advances in feminist economics and the implications for public policy in local and global communities. Drawing from feminist economics research, the seminar will address the persistence of gender inequality in societies around the world and proposed policy solutions. Topics will include gender relations and the organization of domestic and market work, violence against women, workplace and pay equality, gendered access to resources, education, and healthcare, and gender and property rights. Evaluation will be based on class participation, and short research/response papers. Students may write a larger paper for the extra credit. Non-law students must have instructor consent to enroll.

Feminist Philosophy

Spring 2017, Martha Nussbaum

The course is an introduction to the major varieties of philosophical feminism. After studying some key historical texts in the Western tradition (Wollstonecraft, Rousseau, J. S. Mill), we examine four types of contemporary philosophical feminism: Liberal Feminism (Susan Moller Okin, Martha Nussbaum), Radical Feminism (Catharine MacKinnon, Andrea Dworkin), Difference Feminism (Carol Gilligan, Annette Baier, Nel Noddings), and Postmodern "Queer" Gender Theory (Judith Butler, Michael Warner). After studying each of these approaches, we will focus on political and ethical problems of contemporary international feminism, asking how well each of the approaches addresses these problems. NOTE: Undergraduates may enroll only with the permission of the instructor.

Fundamentals of Accounting for Attorneys

Autumn 2016, Philip Bach and Sean Young

This seminar will teach the basic fundamentals of accounting to better prepare you to recognize and understand financial business issues related to the practice of law. Topics include key accounting concepts, reading financial statements and financial statement analysis. The class sessions will include guest speakers presenting on current accounting topics such as Sarbanes Oxley, working with the SEC and forensic accounting (investigating accounting frauds). The class is designed for those who have never taken an accounting class and/or have little financial background. There are no prerequisites but you should not take this class if you have taken an accounting class before or if you have experience in finance or accounting. Grades will be based on homework, papers and a final examination.

Greenberg Seminar: The 2016 Campaign

Spring 2017, Nicholas Stephanopoulos

This seminar will examine the 2016 campaign through the prisms of election law and political science. On the legal side, the seminar will consider the changing role of money in politics, parties' ability to control their primaries, and the impact of partisan gerrymandering on legislative races. On the political science side, the seminar will ask whether (and how) campaigns can influence voter turnout and election outcomes. The seminar's sessions will be front-loaded so that more of them take place prior to Election day.

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  • Autumn 2016, Nicholas Stephanopoulos and Anthony Fowler
  • Winter 2017, Nicholas Stephanopoulos and Anthony Fowler

Greenberg Seminar: Artificial Intelligence

Spring 2018, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey

This seminar will explore a series of works on the ethical and legal issues posed by the promise of artificial intelligence and autonomous machines. Covered works will include Nick Bostrom's "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies;" Kurt Vonnegut's "The Player Piano;" the films "Ex Machina" and "Blade Runner;" and the television series "West World." We use these works to examine ethical and legal issues such as the consciousness, personhood, and culpability of autonomous machines as well as questions about how artificial intelligence may disrupt existing institutions in society. The seminar will meet twice each quarter at the professors' home in Naperville on Sunday afternoons.

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  • Autumn 2017, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey
  • Winter 2018, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey

Greenberg Seminar: Black Lives Matter, Why?

Spring 2018, Herschella Conyers, Amy Hermalik, Xiaorong Jajah Wu

#BlackLivesMatter, why? In this class, we will examine Black Lives Matter, its meteoric leap from hashtag to rights movement, and where it goes from here. We will explore the roots of the movement, criticisms and pushback, intersectionality, and the questions it raises for the nation's future. We will read articles and essays, and also draw on a number of podcasts and movies to round out our discussion and come to a clearer understanding of Black Lives Matter. The class will meet twice in the fall, once in the winter, and twice in the spring.

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  • Autumn 2017, Herschella Conyers, Amy Hermalik, Xiaorong Jajah Wu
  • Winter 2018, Herschella Conyers, Amy Hermalik, Xiaorong Jajah Wu

Greenberg Seminar: British Novels of Law and Social Upheaval

Spring 2018, Martha Nussbaum and William Birdthistle

The period between 1860 and 1914 saw huge economic and social transformations in British society. Novelists captured this ferment, often reflecting on the role of law. We will think about how economic change, law, and the literary imagination all interact, reading a group of novels that deal with economic and social unrest: Thomas Hardy's TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES (1891) (dealing with class conflict and sexual vulnerability) Thomas Hardy, jUDE THE OBSCURE (1895) (dealing with class and education) Wilkie Collins's NO NAME (1862) (dealing with illegitimacy and inheritance law) Lewis Carroll's ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (1865) (a scathing satire of British politics) Anthony Trollope's THE WAY WE LIVE NOW (1875) (a dark study of the rise of new monied interests) and E. M. Forster's HOWARDS END (1910) (dealing with tradition and change, working class aspirations, and changing sexual mores)

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  • Autumn 2017, Martha Nussbaum and William Birdthistle
  • Winter 2018, Martha Nussbaum and William Birdthistle

Greenberg Seminar: Cheating

Spring 2017, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey

This seminar will explore legal, ethical, and procedural issues inherent in questions of cheating and rule breaking in contexts ranging from sports and academics to private career advancement. We will look at the nature of rules and difficult distinctions that must be drawn such as why some rules are expected to be broken while others are not. We will explore the line between artificial performance enhancement as cheating on the one hand and as positive personal improvement on the other. For example, we will look at the different treatment of performance enhancing drugs in athletics and in performance art. We will also explore how and when law and government should be involved in setting and enforcing rules. Graded Pass/Fail.

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  • Autumn 2016, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey
  • Winter 2017, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey

Greenberg Seminar: Classics in Law and Development

Spring 2018, Thomas Ginsburg and James Robinson

This Greenberg will focus on some of the early literature on the relationship of law and economic development. Readings will be drawn from early anthropology and social sciences, starting in the 19th and early 20th centuries, to try to answer an enduring question: why are some countries poor and other countries rich?

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  • Autumn 2017, Thomas Ginsburg and James Robinson
  • Winter 2018, Thomas Ginsburg and James Robinson

Greenberg Seminar: The Complacent Class and Other Tyler Cowen Ideas

Winter 2018, Saul Levmore and Julie Roin

This Greenberg Seminar will read and discuss books by Tyler Cowen, a provocative and wide-ranging economist. Likely books include: The Complacent Class (the failure of the American Dream and why our society is static); , Average is Over, (ideas about income inequality and jobs in the New Economy);  Good and Plenty (arts funding); Creative Destruction (cultural appropriation and globalization); and What Price Fame (fame versus merit). [Books will be provided.]

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  • Autumn 2017, Saul Levmore and Julie Roin

Greenberg Seminar: Conspiracy Theories

Winter 2017, Saul Levmore and Julie Roin

Conspiracy theories have always shadowed governments, religions, and organized societies. How and when do they arise? How can they be distinguished from contrarian views that eventually displace convention and become scientifically or sensibly accepted? This Greenberg Seminar will meet on five Thursday evenings in the Autumn and Winter Quarters to discuss books and other materials on modern and venerable conspiracy theories. Credit may not be allocated to Spring. Graded Pass/Fail.

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  • Autumn 2016, Saul Levmore and Julie Roin

Greenberg Seminar: Crime and Politics in Charm City: A Portrait of the Urban Drug War

Spring 2017, Jonathan Masur and Richard McAdams

We will explore a series of works on urban crime, politics, and policing, with an emphasis on the City of Baltimore: David Simon, "Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets," Sudhir Venkatesh, "Gang Leader for a Day," Jill Loevy, "Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America," and all of "The Wire." We will focus particularly on the drug war - the economics and violence of the trade; the culture of the police bureaucracy; alternative law enforcement strategies such as informants and wiretapping; the politics of race, crime rates, and legalization; and the effects of addiction. But these works also examine the effects of declining blue collar jobs and weakening labor unions; the effects of race, incumbency, and corruption on local politics; the challenges and failures of urban education and child welfare agencies; and the role of the city newspaper in self-governance. Preference is given to 3L students. Graded Pass/Fail.

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  • Autumn 2016, Jonathan Masur and Richard McAdams
  • Winter 2017, Jonathan Masur and Richard McAdams

Greenberg Seminar: The Future of Government

Spring 2017, Salen Churi and M. Todd Henderson

This Greenberg Seminar will explore how new innovations upend existing systems, with a special focus on the ways that technological innovations may affect, displace, or even replace existing legal and regulatory frameworks. We will explore such topics as the conflict between insurgent startup companies like Uber and existing regulation, labor market dislocations brought on or hastened by automation, and how technological change can or should change government structures. Graded Pass/Fail.

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  • Autumn 2016, Salen Churi and M. Todd Henderson
  • Winter 2017, Salen Churi and M. Todd Henderson

Greenberg Seminar: Greek Tragedy and Justice

Spring 2017, Martha Nussbaum and Richard Posner

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.

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  • Autumn 2016, Martha Nussbaum and Richard Posner
  • Winter 2017, Martha Nussbaum and Richard Posner

Greenberg Seminar: Hamilton

Spring 2017, Alison LaCroix and William Baude

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.

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  • Autumn 2016, Alison LaCroix and William Baude
  • Winter 2017, Alison LaCroix and William Baude

Greenberg Seminar: Law and Psychology in Popular Media 

Spring 2017, Omri Ben-Shahar and Boaz Keysar

he seminar explores legal problems that lie in the intersection of ethics and psychology. The co-instructor, Boaz Keysar, is a Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Chicago. In preparation to each meeting, students will be asked to watch a movie that raises a set of specific ethical/psychological problems . The movies include The Stanford Prison Experiment, A Few Good Men, Inside Job, and others. Graded Pass/Fail.

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  • Autumn 2016, Omri Ben-Shahar and Boaz Keysar
  • Winter 2017, Omri Ben-Shahar and Boaz Keysar

Greenberg Seminar: Liberty and Security in a Changing World

Spring 2017, Geoffrey Stone and Jane Dailey

The Greenberg Seminar on "Liberty and Security in a Changing World" will meet five times during the course of the year. The focus will be on national security issues in the context of terrorism. In the meetings in the Autumn Quarter, we will be joined by Michael Morell, who served for many years as both Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The materials in the seminar will include Mr. Morell's book "The Great War of our Time," the Report of the President's Commission on NSA Surveillance Programs (on which both Morell and Stone served), and other books, articles, and films posing questions about leakers, including Edward Snowden, and related issues.

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  • Autumn 2016, Geoffrey Stone and Jane Dailey
  • Winter 2017, Geoffrey Stone and Jane Dailey

Greenberg Seminar: Reimagining Work

Spring 2017, Emily Buss, Amy Hermalik, Rosalind Dixon

This seminar explores what work could look like 50 years from now and whether work "reimagined" could result in a greater good for individuals and society. Using non-fiction books, articles, and television episodes, seminar discussions will be centered on how work might change in the future and, specifically, how work could be re-structured to promote various social goals such as gender equity, work-life balance, and individual and societal health-and well-being. We will focus on economic, technology, and regulatory changes, as well as changing social norms around gender roles, as possible drivers of this change.

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  • Autumn 2016, Emily Buss, Amy Hermalik, Rosalind Dixon
  • Winter 2017, Emily Buss, Rosalind Dixon, Amy Hermalik

Greenberg Seminar: Tribes

Spring 2018, M. Todd Henderson and Salen Churi

We are all members of various tribes, from the human tribe to religious tribes to sports tribes to the digital tribe. Tribes were once a source of biological necessity, while today they are often associated with negative qualities. Tribalism is viewed as against progress, although sometimes this is thought to be a good thing (e.g., preserving the tribalism of Native Americans, the Amish, Orthodox Jews, or the like). In this Greenberg, we will read widely on the subject of tribes and tribalism of various kinds, trying to understand the topology of modern tribes, the reasons for their persistence, whether they represent a good or bad feature of human society, and what the future of tribalism looks like. We will read non-fiction (e.g., "True Believer" by Eric Hoffer) and fiction (e.g., "Hominids" by Robert Sawyer) and watch a film or two (e.g., "Ex Machina").

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  • Autumn 2017, M. Todd Henderson and Salen Churi
  • Winter 2017, M. Todd Henderson and Salen Churi

Greenberg Seminar: The Trump Presidency

Spring 2018, William Howell and Eric Posner

Donald Trump is the most divisive president of the modern era. After a tempestuous electoral campaign, he entered office with weak public support, and was immediately embroiled in a series of scandals. Does his presidency change American politics and constitutional understandings, or is he a "normal" president, appearances to the contrary? We will read recent books on the Trump presidency, focusing on his election, his early tenure, and his legal and political battles.

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  • Autumn 2017, William Howell and Eric Posner
  • Winter 2018, William Howell and Eric Posner

Greenberg Seminar: What is Racism?

Spring 2018, Daniel Abebe and Aziz Huq

This seminar explores the historical, sociological, and cultural roots of racism and racial ideologies. It examines the relationship of racism and racial ideologies with different forms of political governance, including segregation and apartheid, and explores the legal mechanisms that have both permitted and prohibited racism in various settings. The seminar will mainly focus on the meaning of racism most prevalent in the United States but will also, where appropriate, consider comparative examples.

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  • Autumn 2017, Daniel Abebe and Aziz Huq
  • Winter 2018, Daniel Abebe and Aziz Huq

Greenberg Seminar: Where Does the Rule of Law Come From?

Spring 2017, Thomas Ginsburg and James Robinson

Although the rule of law is the central political ideal of our time, we know very little about where it comes from or how to push political systems to have more of it. Perhaps there are some clues to be found from looking at its origins. Drawing on readings from anthropology and history, this seminar will interrogate the rule of law and its antecedents in pre-modern societies and early states.

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  • Autumn 2016, Thomas Ginsburg and James Robinson
  • Winter 2017, Thomas Ginsburg and James Robinson

Greenberg Seminar: Will we ever be post-racial? The Persistent Relevance of Race in America

Spring 2017, Daniel Abebe and Aziz Huq

Many celebrated the 2008 election of President Barack Obama as the moment the U.S. transitioned to a post-racial era. By 2016, however, it has become clear that race is still central to public policy discussions about policing, economic inequality, immigration, and terrorism, among other areas. In this Greenberg, we examine an emerging literature on the persistence of race and racial ideologies and their consequences for America, particularly as the U.S. becomes an increasingly multi-ethnic and multi-racial society. Graded Pass/Fail.

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  • Autumn 2016, Daniel Abebe and Aziz Huq
  • Winter 2017, Daniel Abebe and Aziz Huq

Henry Sidgwick

Autumn 2017, Martha Nussbaum

The most philosophically explicit and rigorous of the British Utilitarians, Henry Sidgwick made important contributions to normative ethics, political philosophy, and metaethics. His work also has important implication for law. His great work The Methods of Ethics, which will be the primary focus of this seminar, has been greatly admired even by those who deeply disagree with it - for example John Rawls, for whom Sidgwick was important both as a source and as a foil, and Bernard Williams, who wrote about him with particular hostility. Sidgwick provides the best defense of Utilitarianism we have, allowing us to see what it really looks like as a normative ethical and social theory. Sidgwick was also a practical philosopher and activist, writing on many topics, but especially on women's higher education, which he did much to pioneer at Cambridge University, founding Newnham College with his wife Eleanor. A rationalist who helped to found the Society for Psychical Research, an ardent feminist who defended the ostracism of the "fallen woman," a closeted gay man who attempted to justify the proscriptions of Victorian morality, Sidgwick is a philosopher full of deep tensions and fascinating contradictions, which work their way into his arguments. So we will also read the work in the context of Sidgwick's contorted relationship with his era. Admission by permission of the instructor. Permission must be sought in writing by September 15. This class will meet at the Law School. Prerequisite: An undergraduate major in philosophy or some equivalent solid philosophy preparation. This is a 500 level course. Ph.D. students in Philosophy and Political Theory may enroll without permission.

Human Rights: Alien and Citizen

Winter 2018, Susan Gzesh

The basic notion of international human rights is that rights are inherent in the identity of human beings, regardless of their citizenship, nationality, or immigration status. This course will address how international human rights doctrines, conventions, and mechanisms can be used to understand the situation of the "alien" (or foreigner) who has left his or her country of origin to work, seek safe haven, or simply reside in another country. How native or resident populations and governments respond to new arrivals has varied tremendously in the past and present. In some situations, humanitarian impulses or political interests have dictated a warm welcome and full acceptance into the national community. In other cases, alien populations have become targets of suspicion and repression. In some extreme cases, states have "denationalized" resident populations who previously enjoyed national citizenship. We will use an interdisciplinary approach to address such questions as (1) Why do human beings migrate? What might human rights as a measuring instrument tell us about conditions that promote refugee flows and other forms of forced migration? (2) What is the meaning of citizenship? How is it acquired or lost? What rights may societies and nation-states grant only to citizens, but withhold from others? (3) Are human rights truly universal? Are rights necessarily dependent on citizenship? (4) How do differences in rights between citizens and aliens become more important during national security crises? (5) What are the principal categories used by nation states to classify foreign visitors and residents? How do these categorizations affect the rights of foreigners? (6) How do international human rights doctrines limit actions by states with respect to certain categories of foreigners such as refugees, asylum applicants, and migratory workers? (7) Given the non-voting status of foreign populations in almost all countries, how are the rights of aliens represented in societies of settlement? How do home country governments regard their expatriate communities? The student's grade is based on attendance, participation, and a major paper.

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  • Autumn 2016, Susan Gzesh

Human Rights: Contemporary Issues

Autumn 2017, Susan Gzesh

This interdisciplinary course presents an overview of several major contemporary human rights problems as a means to explore the use of human rights norms and mechanisms. The course addresses the roles of states, inter-governmental bodies, national courts, civil society actors including NGOs, victims, and their families, and other non-state actors. Topics are likely to include universalism, enforceability of human rights norms, the prohibition against torture, U.S. exceptionalism, and the rights of women, racial minorities, and non-citizens.

Previously:

  • Winter 2017, Susan Gzesh

Human Rights: Philosophical Foundations

Spring 2018, Ben Laurence, Joshua Fox, Claudia Hogg-Blake, Agatha Slupek

Human rights are claims of justice that hold merely in virtue of our shared humanity. In this course we will explore philosophical theories of this elementary and crucial form of justice. Among topics to be considered are the role that dignity and humanity play in grounding such rights, their relation to political and economic institutions, and the distinction between duties of justice and claims of charity or humanitarian aid. Finally we will consider the application of such theories to concrete, problematic and pressing problems, such as global poverty, torture and genocide.

Previously:

  • Spring 2017, Ben Laurence, Pascal Brixel, Arnold Robert Brooks

Introduction to Law and Economics 

Winter 2018, Dhammika Dharmapala

This class is an introduction to the economic analysis of law, an approach that has grown rapidly in the last thirty years and now exerts a profound influence on how law is taught and on how courts make decisions. The class will provide you with a set of tools for analyzing transactions and how they are shaped by legal rules, through systematic exposure to the economic way of thinking about law across a variety of legal contexts. These tools are intended to complement, not to challenge, the traditional doctrinal approach to law. The objective is to equip you to use economic reasoning in an informed and critical spirit to analyze cases and transactions of the sort you may encounter in practice. More generally, you should be able to understand and critically evaluate the use of economic analysis in legal scholarship, judicial opinions, and other legal contexts.

Previously:

  • Autumn 2016, Anup Malani
  • Winter 2017, Dhammika Dharmapala
  • Autumn 2017, Anup Malani

Islamic Law: Foundations and Current Issues

Autumn 2016, Kamran Bajwa

Since its inception, Islamic Law has grown from a set of rules governing life in 6th century Arabia to a global body of law developed across time and place with application to religious, civil, criminal, constitutional, commercial, and international law. The primary objective of the seminar will be to give students a basic understanding of Islamic Law and the issues faced in applying Islamic Law in the modern context. The seminar will cover the origins and historical development of Islamic Law, Islamic legal theory, scope and application of Islamic Law, and selected current issues such as Islamic Finance. Modern constitutional law issues regarding sources of law, religious freedom, public interest, and related issues in Muslim majority countries will be reviewed as well as the debates around the application of Islamic Law for Muslim minorities living in secular states. Special attention will be paid to comparative law aspects of Western legal theory and Islamic legal theory in light of the historical introduction of Western legal systems to the Muslim world through Colonial and post-Colonial experiences. Current political debates around Shari law and the concept of a Caliphate will be assessed against Islamic legal theory and constitutional law, specifically in light of the Arab Spring revolutions and the phenomenon of violent extremism. As such, in addition to a theoretical understanding of Islamic Law in the modern context, students will also develop an understanding of the practical impact of legal theory on political, social, and economic realities in the Muslim world and beyond. This is a one-quarter seminar for 2L and 3L students. There are no pre-requisite courses required in Islam. Weekly readings will be assigned in English language source materials. The seminar will draw on the lecturer's extensive personal experience with the subject matter and knowledge of the legal systems of Muslim majority states such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia, and elsewhere. Professor Kamran Bajwa studied classical Islamic Law and Islamic Theology at the Al-Azhar seminary in Cairo, Egypt prior to attending the University of Michigan Law School where he also took advanced courses in Islamic Law. After graduating from law school, Professor Bajwa trained as a corporate transactional lawyer at a major U.S. law firm and then moved to the Middle East and practiced law in that region for 8 years. During his time working in the Middle East, Professor Bajwa continued his studies in Islamic Law and served as an advisor to major Islamic scholars and political leaders throughout the Muslim world involved in legal reform and intellectual projects. Professor Bajwa currently heads the Middle East regional practice for a major U.S. law firm and travels regularly to the region. Grading will be based on student participation and a collaborative student presentation on a sub-topic of the student's choice.

John Stuart Mill

Autumn 2016, Martha Nussbaum

A careful study of Mill's Utilitarianism in relation to his ideas of self-realization and of liberty. We will study closely at least Utilitarianism, On Liberty, the essays on Bentham and Coleridge, The Subjection of Women, and the Autobiography, trying to figure out whether Mill is a Utilitarian or an Aristotelian eudaimonist, and what view of "permanent human interests" and of the malleability of desire and preference underlies his political thought. If time permits we will also study his writings about India. Admission by permission of the instructor. Permission must be sought in writing by September 15. Prerequisite: An undergraduate major in philosophy or some equivalent solid philosophy preparation. This is a 500 level course. Ph.D. students in Philosophy and Political Theory may enroll without permission. I am eager to have some Economics graduate students in the class, and will discuss the philosophy prerequisite in a flexible way with such students.

Law and Advances in Medicine

Spring 2018, Julie Palmer

This seminar will address the intersection of medicine, science, and law, focusing on issues related to human research, informed consent, genetic technologies, and other advances in biotechnology. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Students will write a significant research paper, submitted in three stages, which can be used to satisfy the Writing Project requirement and which will count for 50 percent of the grade. A Writing Project paper can be submitted on the first day of the following quarter. The other 50 percent of the grade will be based on class participation.

Law and Society

Autumn 2017, Anna-Maria Marshall

This seminar offers an introduction to the central themes and major debates in the field of Law and Society. The field of sociolegal studies is an interdisciplinary one, and reflecting this, the course will emphasize research in sociology, political science, psychology, anthropology, and legal studies. We will explore classic readings from the Law and Society canon as well as more contemporary research and theory. We will analyze the readings for both their theoretical and empirical contributions, as well as for the methodologies the authors deploy. The themes we will consider over the course of the quarter include the tension between state or "official" law and nonlegal norms for ordering everyday life; the factors that influence who mobilizes the law (and who doesn't); and what it means to use law in contexts other than courtrooms, such as in families, neighborhoods, workplaces, social movements, and mass media. We will explore the debate about the value of rights and litigation strategies in efforts to produce social change, and we'll examine the ubiquitous role of law in popular culture. The course will conclude with a look forward at future directions in law and society research. Final grade will be based on a major paper.

Previously:

  • Autumn 2016, Anna-Maria Marshall

Law, Social Work, and the Legal Regulation of the Social Work Profession

Winter 2018, Israel Doron

In recent years, there has been a general shift towards integration and growing cooperation between lawyers and social workers, both professionally and ideologically. However, there are still tensions and gaps between the ways legal and social work professionals view their inter-relationships. This course will examine the different intersections between law and social work, and the ways the law attempts to regulate the social work profession. The analysis will use both American and Israeli legal examples, and will try to compare the different approaches to the legal regulation of social work in both countries.

Multidisciplinary Study of American Culture

Spring 2017, Eric Slauter

This seminar surveys the study of American culture as it is currently practiced at the University of Chicago. Seminar members read and discuss recent work by faculty specialists from the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Divinity School, and the Law School at Chicago. Though interested in how different disciplines frame questions and problems, we will be attuned to convergences in themes, approaches, and methods. During the last half of our seminar meetings our authors will join us for a focused discussion of their work. Many of our guests will also deliver public lectures the day before visiting the seminar.

Negotiating Theory and Practice

Autumn 2016, Ian Solomon

This course offers students an opportunity to develop negotiating skills and strategies for application in all areas of personal and professional life. Students will be introduced to conceptual frameworks for understanding how agreements are reached or not reached, and they will have ample opportunities to practice negotiation in structured simulations and other exercises. Assigned readings and seminar discussions will consider contributions from law, game theory, psychology, and more. Students will be encouraged to develop their own tools and practices of inquiry to enable continued learning about negotiation beyond the limits of the quarter.

Opera as Idea and as Performance 

Spring 2018, Martha Nussbaum, Anthony Freud, Devon Borowski

Is opera an archaic and exotic pageant for fanciers of overweight canaries, or a relevant art form of great subtlety and complexity that has the power to be revelatory? In this course of eight sessions, jointly taught by Professor Martha Nussbaum and Anthony Freud, General Director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, we explore the multi-disciplinary nature of this elusive and much-maligned art form, with its four hundred-year-old European roots, discussing both historic and philosophical contexts and the practicalities of interpretation and production in a very un-European, twenty-first century city. Anchoring each session around a different opera, we will be joined by a variety of guest experts, including a director, conductor, designer and singer, to enable us to explore different perspectives. The tentative list of operas to be discussed include Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Verdi's Don Carlos, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Wagner's Ring, Strauss's Elektra, and Britten's Billy Budd. Remark: students do not need to be able to read music, but some antecedent familiarity with opera would be extremely helpful. CD's and DVD's of the operas will be placed on reserve. Law Students and Ph.D. students in Philosophy and Music may register without permission. All others need to apply for permission, and will be part of a lottery.

Price Theory I

Autumn 2017, Kevin Murphy, Maxwell Kellogg, Jian Li, Mikayel Sukiasyan

Theory of consumer choice, including household production, indirect utility, and hedonic indices. Models of the firm. Analysis of factor demand and product supply under competitive and monopolistic conditions. Static and dynamic cost curves, including learning by doing and temporary changes. Uncertainty applied to consumer and producer choices. Property rights and the effects of laws. Investment in human and physical capital.

Previously:

  • Autumn 2016, Kevin Murphy, Antonio Gabrial, Cree Lane Jones, Hyunmin Park

Price Theory II

Winter 2017, Roger Myerson

The focus of this course is on the theory of consumer choice, including household production, indirect utility, and hedonic indices; supply under competitive and monopolistic conditions; static and dynamic cost curves, including learning by doing and temporary changes; uncertainty applied to consumer and producer choices; and market equilibrium and its stability. ECON 30100/LAWS 43621 or consent of instructor is a prerequisite.

Racism, Law, and Social Sciences

Spring 2018, Christopher Fennell

The domains of racism, law, and the social sciences impact one another in myriad ways. At times, a system of racism is deployed through law, which in turn shapes questions asked in the social sciences. In other instances, the sciences articulate conceptual frameworks that lead to the creation of new forms of racism within society and law. Particular systems of racism have operated across a spectrum from incidents of overt violence to the daily impacts of implicit biases. Our readings and class discussions will consider a sample of case studies from across the globe in addition to past and present dynamics in the United States. Analyses of the social construction of racial and ethnic identities have facilitated studies of the ways in which social differences are created, maintained, and masked. Subjects to be addressed in this course include the interrelation of racial ideologies with other cultural and social dimensions, such as class, ethnicity, gender, political and legal structures, and economic influences. At an international scale, policy makers confront the challenge of balancing calls for multicultural tolerance with demands for fundamental human rights. We will also consider the related histories of biological, genetic, and epigenetic concepts of different races within the human species. Requirements for this course include thoughtful class participation and a final, take-home examination.

Previously:

  • Winter 2017, Christopher Fennell

Religion, Law and Politics

Autumn 2016, Sylvia Neil

This seminar examines the conceptualization and realization of religious liberty and the separation of church and state. We explore philosophical precepts and historical contexts, review the state of the law, and address current controversial issues.

Roman Law

Spring 2018, Richard Epstein

The course will treat several problems arising in the historical development of Roman law: the history of procedure; the rise and accommodation of multiple sources of law, including the emperor; the dispersal of the Roman community from the environs of Rome to the wider Mediterranean world; and developments in the law of persons. We will discuss problems like the relationship between religion and law from the archaic city to the Christian empire, and between the law of Rome and the legal systems of its subject communities.

Roman Philosophers on the Fear of Death

Winter 2017, Martha Nussbaum

All human beings fear death, and it seems plausible to think that a lot of our actions are motivated by it. But is it reasonable to fear death? And does this fear do good (motivating creative projects) or harm (motivating greedy accumulation, war, and too much deference to religious leaders)? Hellenistic philosophers, both Greek and Roman, were preoccupied with these questions and debated them with a depth and intensity that makes them still highly influential in modern philosophical debate about the same issues (the only issue on which one will be likely find discussion of Lucretius in the pages of The Journal of Philosophy). The course will focus on several major Latin writings on the topic: Lucretius De Rerum Natura Book III, and extracts from Cicero and Seneca. We will study the philosophical arguments in their literary setting and ask about connections between argument and its rhetorical expression. In translation we will read pertinent material from Plato, Epicurus, Plutarch, and a few modern authors such as Thomas Nagel, John Fischer, and Bernard Williams. Prerequisite: ability to read the material in Latin at a sufficiently high level, usually about two years at the college level.

The Social and Legal Construction of Race

Spring 2018, LaToya Baldwin Clark

This seminar will examine the role of law in creating and recreating race in our decidedly non-post-racial society. Topics covered will include racial identity, reproduction, and criminal justice. Readings will include cases to understand the "law on the books;" law review articles to understand how legal academics interact the law and its implications; and social science research to understand "law in action." Final grade will be based on: a major paper (3 credits), a series of short reaction papers (2 credits), and class participation.

Textual Interpretation: Linguistics and the Law

Autumn 2016, N. Elizabeth Diamond

Natural language is the primary tool of the law. Lawyers and judges, called upon to interpret contracts, statutes, and other written documents, have developed methodologies for ascertaining the meaning of the parties as expressed in the writing, according to the rules of grammar. (Thayer, 1892). Methodologies for textual interpretation rest on a number of assumptions about meaning, ambiguity, vagueness, and other aspects of language. But jurisprudence rarely questions those assumptions. The purpose of this seminar is to test the assumptions against philosophical theories, using tools developed in the field of Linguistics. For example, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia advocated for textualism, an approach which rests on the premise that words and sentences have a "plain meaning." This seminar looks to the classic works of philosophy of language to investigate the concept of "plain meaning." The students will read original essays by Frege, Russell, Quine, Strawson, Donnellan, Grice, and other philosophers. Modern linguists, including Chomsky and Fodor, are also on the reading list. Each session will tackle a problem pondered by analytical philosophers (after many decades, their word puzzles are still intriguing). For each problem we will discuss the legal implications; each problem is illustrated by at least one court case in which a metalinguistic understanding of the text might have been helpful in deciding the case. The seminar explores: - What is the relationship between the words of a document and the document's legal effect? - Does meaning reside only in the private thoughts of the speaker and listener (writer and reader); if not, which aspects of semantic content are intrinsic to the text? - If the notion of plain meaning is a convenient legal fiction, what policy purposes does it serve? - What are the ways in which texts can be unclear (lexical ambiguity, syntactic ambiguity, scope ambiguity, vagueness, etc.)? - When is a proposition true by definition and whose definition counts? - What is the role of precedent in resolving vagueness? First-year contracts is helpful. Background in Linguistics and Philosophy is not required.

U.S. Courts as Political Institutions

Winter 2018, Gerald Rosenberg

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. In addition, 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.

Workshop: Law and Economics

Spring 2018, Omri Ben-Shahar and William Hubbard

This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, is devoted to the intensive examination of selected problems in the application of economic reasoning to a wide variety of legal questions. Workshop sessions will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by faculty. In addition to workshop sessions, which occur approximately every other week, there will be discussion sessions, which will serve as opportunities for students to engage in in-depth, informal discussion of topics in law and economics with the instructor. This workshop does not require a research paper, but students interested in academic writing in law and economics are encouraged to use this workshop to develop their ideas. Grading is based on the completion of a series of reaction papers. Students enrolled in the workshop receive three credits; one in Autumn, one in Winter, and one in Spring.

Previously:

  • Autumn 2016, Omri Ben-Shahar and William Hubbard
  • Winter 2017, Omri Ben-Shahar and William Hubbard
  • Spring 2017, Omri Ben-Shahar and William Hubbard
  • Autumn 2017, Omri Ben-Shahar and William Hubbard
  • Winter 2018, Omri Ben-Shahar and William Hubbard

Workshop: Law and Philosophy: Current Issues in General Jurisprudence

Spring 2017, Brian Leiter, Martha Nussbaum, Matthew Etchemendy

This is a seminar/workshop; many of whose participants are faculty from various related disciplines. It admits approximately ten students. Its aim is to study, each year, a topic that arises in both philosophy and the law and to ask how bringing the two fields together may yield mutual illumination. Most sessions are led by visiting speakers, from either outside institutions or our own faculty, who circulate their papers in advance. The session consists of a brief introduction by the speaker, followed by initial questioning by the two faculty coordinators, followed by general discussion, in which students are given priority. The topic for 2016-17 will expose students to cutting-edge work in general jurisprudence, that part of philosophy of law concerned with the central questions about the nature of law, the relationship between law and morality, and the nature of legal reasoning. We will be particularly interested in the way in which work in philosophy of language, metaethics, metaphysics, and other cognate fields of philosophy has influenced recent scholarly debates that have arisen in the wake of H.L.A. Hart's seminal The Concept of Law (1961). Please see www.law.uchicago.edu/workshops/lawandphilosophy for additional information concerning each session. Usual participants include graduate students in philosophy, political science, and divinity, and law students. Students write a 20-25 page seminar paper at the end of the year. The paper may satisfy the Law School Substantial Writing Requirement. Students must enroll for all three quarters to receive credit. Students are admitted by permission of the instructors. They should submit a c.v. and a statement (reasons for interest in the course, relevant background in law and/or philosophy) to the instructors by e mail by September 20.

Previously:

  • Autumn 2016, Brian Leiter, Martha Nussbaum, Matthew Etchemendy
  • Winter 2017, Brian Leiter, Martha Nussbaum, Matthew Etchemendy

Workshop: Legal Scholarship

Spring 2018, Lisa Bernstein

This workshop may be taken for a full year (every other week in Winter and Spring quarters) or only in the Autumn quarter. It is open to all students, including JSDs and LLMs. Students registered for the full year are required to either write a paper of publishable quality or revise a previously written paper for publication. The goal is to prepare students for the academic job market. Special attention is paid to topic selection, how to approach working on an original (not synthetic) project, and presentation skills. Students enrolled for the year will be expected to conduct themselves as they would if they were junior faculty members at a top law school, reading and commenting on the work of their peers. Optional lunches to discuss writing will be held throughout the year in the same format as the Faculty Round Table. The goal is to create a learning community that will provide students with the type of scholarly atmosphere the faculty here enjoys. There will be meetings on average every other week during Winter and Spring Quarters. The Autumn quarter only option is designed for several audiences: (1) students who want to decide if an academic career is for them; (2) students who wish to improve their skills as a public speaker; (3) students who want to improve their skills of critique while reading papers from a wide variety of subject areas; (4) and students who simply enjoy arguing about the law. Each week a young scholar present works-in progress and students play the role of the faculty in a faculty workshop. The class and the professor then provide feedback and suggestions to the presenter on aspects of both presentation style and the substance of the paper. The AUTUMN ONLY version is graded on the basis of short reactions papers and class participation. The full-year version may fulfill the WP or the SRP.

Previously:

  • Autumn 2016, Lisa Bernstein
  • Winter 2017, Lisa Bernstein
  • Spring 2017, Lisa Bernstein
  • Autumn 2018, Lisa Bernstein
  • Winter 2018, Lisa Bernstein

Workshop: Regulation of Family, Sex, and Gender

Spring 2018, Mary Anne Case

This workshop exposes students to recent academic work in the regulation of family, sex, gender, and sexuality and in feminist theory. Workshop sessions are devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers from outside speakers and University faculty. The substance and methodological orientation of the papers will both be diverse.

Previously:

  • Autumn 2016, Mary Anne Case
  • Spring 2017, Mary Anne Case
  • Winter 2018, Mary Anne Case