Complementary, Multi-Disciplinary, and Cross-Listed Courses
The courses listed below provide a taste of the complementary, multi-disciplinary, and cross-listed courses offered. This list includes the courses taught in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 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
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.
- Spring 2020, Dennis Carlton
- Spring 2019, Dennis Carlton
Advanced Interpretation: Law and Language
This seminar invites students to explore the theory and practice of interpretation in public law. We will begin with an introduction to the field of law and language-considering both legal and linguistic scholarship of relevance to the practice of legal interpretation. We will then extend this scholarship to an in-depth, comparative analysis of the law's approach to interpretation in the fields of constitutional law and legislation.
In each of these fields students will first be presented with legal scholarship on the premises of interpretation in that field. We will then explore tools of interpretation that may be used to resolve the interpretive problems that arise in each field. Among other tools, students will be introduced to methods used by linguists (including corpus linguistic analysis and survey methods). Each unit will close with a practice problem allowing students to apply the theory and tools they have learned in analyzing a hypothetical problem of the sort that might arise in the field. Student performance will be assessed on the basis of class participation and, more significantly, a case note, comment, or amicus brief on a matter that goes to a question of ambiguity in a provision of public law. This is a condensed class that meets only on April 12, 13, 26, 27 and May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18.
- Spring 2021, Thomas Rex Lee
- Spring 2020, Thomas Rex Lee
Advanced Topics in Moral, Political & Legal Phil.: Social and Political Philosophy of Hegel & Marx
We will focus on Hegel's philosophy of history and its influence on Marx's historical materialism; and on Hegel's critique of Christianity in the Early Theological Writings and also in the Phenomenology and its relation to Marx's early theory of human nature in the 1840s and his critique of ideology. A major paper of 20-25 pages is required. Participation may be considered in final grading. This class will begin on Monday, January 11. A make-up session for the missed January 4 class will be provided.
- Winter 2021, Michael N. Forster and Brian Leiter
Anthropology and Law
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 (20-25 pages) and thoughtful class participation. Writing for this seminar may be used as partial fulfillment of the JD writing requirement (SRP or WP). Participation may be considered in final grading. This class will begin the week of January 4, 2021.
- Winter 2021, Christopher Fennell
- Winter 2020, Christopher Fennell
- Winter 2019, Christopher Fennell
- Winter 2018, Christopher Fennell
Behavioral Law and Economics
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.
- Spring 2021, Jonathan Masur
- Spring 2020, Jonathan Masur
- Autumn 2019, Jonathan Masur
- Spring 2019, Jonathan Masur
- Autumn 2018, Jonathan Masur
- Spring 2018, Jonathan Masur
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. Final grade will be based on the presentations and a companion paper (20-25 pages). Participation may be considered in final grading.
- Spring 2020, David Weisbach and Anup Malani
- Spring 2019, David Weisbach, Anup Malani, Robert Topel, and Kevin Murphy
- Spring 2018, David Weisbach, Anup Malani, Robert Topel, and Kevin Murphy
This lecture course will introduce you to the field of Bioethics. We will use a case-based method to study how different philosophical and theological traditions describe and defend differences in moral choices in contemporary bioethics. This class is based on the understanding that case narratives serve as the motivation for the discipline of bioethics and that complex ethical issues are best considered by a careful examination of the competing theories as they work themselves out in specific cases. We will examine both classic cases that have shaped our understanding of the field of bioethics and cases that are newly emerging, including the case of research done at Northwestern University. Through these cases, we will ask how religious traditions both collide and cohere over such topics as embryo research, health care reform, terminal illness, issues in epidemics and public health, and our central research question, synthetic biology research.
This class will also explore how the discipline of bioethics has emerged to reflect upon such dilemmas, with particular attention to the role that theology philosophy, law, public health, and religious studies have played in such reflection. We will look at both how the practice of different disciplines has shaped the field of bioethics and in particular at how different theological and philosophical claims, methodology, and praxis have continued to shape and inflect bioethics. We will examine the issue of epistemic stance, of truth claims, and of how normative policies are created amid serious controversy. We will explore the nature of the relationship between religion and public policy and study how religious traditions and moral philosophy shape our view of issues as "bioethics controversies" to be addressed.
- Spring 2020, Laurie Zoloth, Ranana Leigh Dine, Daniel Takarabe Kim, and Miriam Yonati Attia
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.
- Winter 2020, Keith Crow and Anthony Sexton
- Winter 2018, Keith Crow and Anthony Sexton
Capital Markets Transactions
This course will delve into the major legal and practice issues presented by capital markets transactions conducted in the US, including initial public offerings, "shelf" offerings, private placements and offerings of high yield securities.
Prerequisites: Business Organizations and Securities Regulation (Sec Reg may also be taken concurrently).Grades will be based on five substantial take-home written assignments (20-30 pages combined) and class participation.
- Winter 2021, James Junewicz
Communications and Advocacy for Lawyers
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, analysis, 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 a presentation and slide decks; and engaging through 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 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, with the majority of the grade coming from a final presentation and slide deck and a capstone communications plan.
- Winter 2020, Marsha Nagorsky
- Winter 2019, Marsha Nagorsky
- Winter 2018, Marsha Nagorsky
We will apply tools from microeconomics and game theory to the analysis of strategic decision making by firms. Specific topics covered include the sources of industry and firm profitability, strategic positioning, sustainable competitive advantage, the boundaries of the firm, incomplete contracts, horizontal and vertical integration, strategic commitment, strategic cooperation, dynamic pricing, entry and exit, network effects, and platform markets. My goal in the class is to get students to think like an economist about firm strategy.
The course is designed for students who are already comfortable with microeconomics at the level of Booth's 33001 course, or most colleges' intermediate micro classes. The class will not require calculus but prior exposure to microeconomics concepts is important. Classes will combine case analysis and discussions with lectures. There will be a final take-home exams as well as a series of reaction papers. Participation may be considered in final grading.
*Depending on the enrollment outcome, this course may qualify to be all in person
- Autumn 2020, Eric Budish
- Autumn 2019, Eric Budish
The Constitutional Rights of Minors from the Minors' Point of View
This seminar will be offered to a small group of law students who will co-teach a group of high school students who are currently in the custody of Illinois's Juvenile Justice System. Each law student will be paired with one or two high school students living in and attending school in a juvenile facility and will be responsible for supporting those students' learning, commenting on their weekly work, and co-running weekly small group sessions. Law Students will also be expected to participate in additional group meetings with Professor Buss to plan the curriculum and discuss the insights gained from the class, and in individual meetings with the high school students as part of the teaching process. The seminar will meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:00 to 11:00 to accommodate the needs of the high school students. Additional meetings will be scheduled to accommodate the schedules of enrolled law students, high school students and Professor Buss. Priority will be given to Law Students enrolled in Con Law VII, to increase the law students' expertise on the topics addressed in the High School seminar and to enrich the learning in Con Law VII. If any students not enrolled in Con Law VII are enrolled in the seminar, they will be expected to do additional reading to prepare them for the seminar sessions. Topics will include: Young peoples' rights in the juvenile justice system, minors' right to control medical and reproductive decisions, and high school students' religious and speech rights , due process rights, and rights against search and seizure in school. Law Students' writing will consist of weekly response papers addressing high school students' participation and reflecting upon the high school students' contributions. Advance approval by Emily Buss is required., and space is limited. If you are interested, please contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience. Students interested in taking it for 3 credits will write an additional 10-15 page paper.
- Spring 2021, Emily Buss
- Autumn 2019, Emily Buss
- Winter 2018, Emily Buss
- Autumn 2018, Emily Buss
Corporate Law and Dual-Purpose Organizations
Spring 2020, Emilie Aguirre
Organizations pursuing multiple objectives-including social, financial, and environmental goals-are on the rise, particularly in the healthy food and health sectors. However, managing the inherent tensions among these objectives poses a serious challenge. In light of this trend, this course takes an interdisciplinary approach to re-examining the theory of the firm from both a legal and a management perspective. It asks whether and how law-especially corporate law and contract law-can accommodate "purpose." Drawing from the legal and management literatures, including sociology, organizational theory, and economics, it explores the distinctions between how law treats these topics and how business treats these topics. The course uses the healthy food and health sectors to examine these questions. For example, how can a purpose-driven healthy food company retain its purpose and profit objectives after it is acquired by a non-purpose-driven company? How do for-profit hospitals differ from non-profit hospitals-and how should they? The course breaks down our assumptions about what firms are in order to better understand how they are currently treated and how they should be going forward. This class requires a series of reaction papers. Participation may be considered in final grading.
Critical Legal Studies vs. Law and Economics
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. Grades will be based on class participation and a series of short papers. A 3 credit option is available to students who write an additional 10-12 page paper in addition to the series of short reaction papers and class participation.
- Spring 2020, William H. J. Hubbard
- Spring 2019, William H. J. Hubbard
- Spring 2018, William H. J. Hubbard
Critical Race Studies
Spring 2021, William J. H. Hubbard
This course provides an introduction to critical race theory through reading canonical works by critical race scholars; it explores a selection of current legal debates from a critical race perspective; and it contextualizes critical race theory through the study of related movements in legal scholarship, including legal realism, critical legal studies, and social science research on discrimination and structural racism. We will attempt to identify the ways in which critical race scholarship has influenced, or should influence, legal research and law school pedagogy. Requirements for this course include thoughtful class participation and a final examination.
Emotion, Reason, and Law
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.
- Spring 2020, Martha C. Nussbaum
- Spring 2018, Martha C. Nussbaum
The Empirical Analysis of Crime and Criminal Justice Policy
During the past several decades, the United States has experienced a huge expansion of its incarcerated population making mass incarceration one of the nation's most important social justice issues. At the same time, the proliferation of computing resources and the increasing availability of large administrative datasets has given social scientists the opportunity to produce empirical research that improves our understanding of the causes and consequences of this new, expansive criminal justice system. In this course, students will read a selection of these empirical studies while also learning the basic concepts needed to become an educated consumer of empirical research in general. The course will cover topics spanning the entire breadth of the criminal justice process, including policing, prosecution, sentencing, post-incarceration outcomes, and more. A series of reaction papers will be required.
- Spring 2021, Ryan Sakoda
Feminist Economics and Public Policy
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. Non-law students must have instructor consent to enroll.
- Spring 2021, Diana Strassmann
- Spring 2019, Diana Strassmann
Game Theory and the Law
This seminar will cover the basic concepts of modern game theory and their applications to the common law of property, torts, and contracts, as well as to antitrust, bankruptcy, and other topics.
There will be a final 8 hour exam and required reaction papers. Participation may be considered in final grading.
- Winter 2021, Douglas Baird
Greenberg Seminar: (Re)Building Bridges: Can Reviving & Reimagining Public Infrastructure Save America?
The traditional rationale for government spending on public infrastructure is to solve collective action problems. However, in recent years, governments have struggled to maintain existing infrastructure, much less expand it to be inclusive of new needs. Why is building infrastructure and maintaining it so difficult in the present day? Could government spending on public infrastructure be a means to facilitate collective action and to create collective identity? Can expanding and improving shared resources and public spaces give the United States a better and more unified future? Should we expand our notion of what counts as public infrastructure? In contemporary society, is access to some sorts of public infrastructure essential or even a right? How can or should equity analysis impact public infrastructure? This seminar exploring public infrastructure will raise these and other questions.
We will begin by considering what is - or should be - considered part of our shared public infrastructure. We will then examine classic examples of public infrastructure-think roadways, bridges, and water systems-and the challenge of addressing the current collapsing state of American infrastructure. Then we will move on to press the boundaries of what we consider public infrastructure-from public parks to schools to healthcare access-and to ask how our conception of public infrastructure reflects shared values about what public goods are worth providing at a societal level. We will conclude with a focus on lessons learned throughout the year-why are shared spaces and services important? What are the societal benefits of robust and reliable public infrastructure? As we deal with a tumultuous time, a public health crisis, an economic crisis, and struggles for justice, how should we change public infrastructure-in terms of both its concrete and its conceptualization-in the United States in the coming decade? We are excited to have the conversation with you.
- Spring 2021, Robert A. Weinstock and Amy Marie Hermalik
- Winter 2021, Robert A. Weinstock and Amy Marie Hermalik
- Autumn 2020, Robert A. Weinstock and Amy Marie Hermalik
Greenberg Seminar: Artificial Intelligence
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," and films and other media on the topic. We will 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 at the professors' house in Naperville in the afternoons of the following days: October 13, October 27, November 17, and May 2. Please do not sign up for this course if you have conflicts on those dates.
- Spring 2020, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey
- Winter 2020, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey
- Autumn 2019, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey
- Winter 2018, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey
- Autumn 2017, Anthony Casey and Erin Casey
Greenberg Seminar: Cheating
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.
- Spring 2021, Anthony Joseph Casey and Erin Mary Casey
- Winter 2021, Anthony Joseph Casey and Erin Mary Casey
- Autumn 2020, Anthony Joseph Casey and Erin Mary Casey
Greenberg Seminar: Crime and Politics in Charm City: A Portrait of the Urban Drug War
We will explore a series of works on crime, politics, policing, and race, 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 education and child welfare agencies; and the role of the city newspaper in self-governance. Preference is given to 3L students. Graded Pass/Fail. Spring meetings will be held on April 8 and May 6 from 7:00-9:00 PM.
- Spring 2021, Jonathan Masur and Richard McAdams
- Winter 2021, Jonathan Masur and Richard McAdams
- Autumn 2020, Jonathan Masur and Richard McAdams
Greenberg Seminar: Global Poverty
This seminar will focus on how legal regimes can be improved to reduce global poverty by promoting economic and social development. For each session, we will watch a documentary film that explores a different issue related to poverty and development around the world. These issues will include topics like migration, housing, health, labor markets, and education. We will focus on discussing how existing laws contributed to the emergence of current problems and how laws can be reformed to promote development. We will also discuss the extent to which the films we watch are successful at identifying and conveying development challenges and opportunities.
- Spring 2020, Adam S. Chilton and Anup Malani
- Winter 2020, Adam S. Chilton and Anup Malani
- Autumn 2019, Adam S. Chilton and Anup Malani
Greenberg Seminar: Groups
Humans have succeeded because we work as groups, learning from one another and from our predecessors. Is this why we form social networks, or is it the other way around? Why do we sometimes cooperate and sometime compete? How did evolution bring this about, and where does law fit in to all of this?
This Greenberg seminar will consider these things by talking about several important books. We will meet on five or six Thursday evenings in the course of the Autumn and Winter quarters. (Likely dates: October 10 and 24, November 7, January 9 and 23, February 6). The seminar will meet at the Professors' home in Hyde Park. Please do not sign up if these evenings conflict with seminars or other matters on your schedule. The instructors will supply the books, which are likely to include Connected, by Nicholas Christakis; The Goodness Paradox, by Richard Wrangham; Identity, by Francis Fukuyama; and, most importantly, The Secret of Our Success, by Joseph Henrich.
- Winter 2020, Saul Levmore and Julie Roin
- Autumn 2019, Saul Levmore and Julie Roin
Greenberg Seminar: Law and Politics in the Irish Literary Renaissance
* All meetings will take place in Winter and Spring quarters of 2021.*
Just over a century ago, Ireland underwent a tumultuous period of rebellion and civil war, generating a body of literature that captured the law and politics of a new nation. In this Greenberg, we will read the following selection of classic works for their insight into the history of a society attempting to slough off imperial and colonial legacies to define itself anew. Perhaps Ireland's most celebrated author, James Joyce, published two of his greatest works -- Dubliners (1914) and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) -- during World War I and the Easter Rising. Ireland's first Nobel laureate, William Butler Yeats, was a leading force in the Irish revival, founding the Abbey Theatre and chronicling the age in poems such as Easter 1916, An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, Sailing to Byzantium, and The Second Coming. One of the first plays to open at the Abbey was Playboy of the Western World, by J.M. Synge, which led to riots in Dublin during its opening run in 1907; we will read it together with another celebrated play that also debuted at the Abbey: Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey. To close the moment, we will read Ireland's leading modernist and third Nobel laureate, Samuel Beckett: specifically, his novel, Molloy, and landmark play, Waiting for Godot. What do these works tell us about how societies capture political moments in art and what makes them lasting parts of literary history? Graded Pass/Fail.
- Spring 2021, Martha C. Nussbaum and William Anthony Birdthistle
- Winter 2021, Martha C. Nussbaum and William Anthony Birdthistle
Greenberg Seminar: Law and Psychology in Popular Media
The 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 may include The Stanford Prison Experiment, A Few Good Men, Truman Show, The Post, and others. Graded Pass/Fail.
- Winter 2020, Omri Ben-Shahar and Boaz Keysar
- Autumn 2019, Omri Ben-Shahar and Boaz Keysar
- Spring 2018, Omri Ben-Shahar and Boaz Keysar
- Winter 2018, Omri Ben-Shahar and Boaz Keysar
- Autumn 2017, Omri Ben-Shahar and Boaz Keysar
Greenberg Seminar: Legal Issues in Game of Thrones
This Greenberg seminar considers legal issues raised in the Game of Thrones TV series. Among other issues, we will consider the implicit criminal law, contract law, and constitutional law (e.g., the rules of succession) in the Game of Thrones, as well as how norms substitute for law when central legal enforcement is unavailable. We will also consider the role of counselors (akin in some sense to lawyers) in the Game of Thrones society. Students should have watched the complete series before the first class session.
- Spring 2020, Joan E. Neal and David A. Weisbach
- Winter 2020, Joan E. Neal and David A. Weisbach
- Autumn 2019, Joan E. Neal and David A. Weisbach
- Winter 2019, Julie Roin and Saul Levmore
- Autumn 2018, Julie Roin and Saul Levmore
Greenberg Seminar: Migration, Labor Mobility, and Economic Development
Finding ways to facilitate migration will be one of the most pressing policy problems of the 21st century. This is in part because finding ways to move workers to where they are more productive-for instance, people from rural settings to urban settings or people from poor countries to rich countries-is the most effective way to reduce global poverty. Additionally, major global trends like climate change, sustained regional conflict, and declining birth rates in developed countries are also making finding ways to ease migration more important than ever. But at the same time there is increased need for migration, the combination of growing populism around the world and the COVID pandemic are leading countries to erect new barriers to movement. This seminar will explore this topic by watching a series of documentary films that explore different issues related to migration and labor mobility. We will also discuss the extent to which the films we watch are successful at identifying and conveying these issues to the broader public.
- Autumn 2020, Anup Malani and Adam S. Chilton
- Winter 2021, Anup Malani and Adam S. Chilton
- Spring 2021, Anup Malani and Adam S. Chilton
Greenberg Seminar: Protest, Surveillance and Speech: Black Mirror and Other Dystopias
The pace at which new technology and social media evolve and reshape our lives, altering our social and legal landscape, raises new and old fears and possibilities. This course will explore the role of surveillance and control through works of science fiction and dystopias. We will consider the role of surveillance in facilitating state and public control in pursuit of better (and perfect) governance. We will also consider evolving methods and strategies for dissent and public speech. In what ways is state and social control helpful and necessary? When does it become problematic? When and under what circumstances do states to tolerate and facilitate dissent? Do we need a new concept of privacy in the modern age or do we need to protect what is being lost?
- Autumn 2019, Claudia Maria Flores and Nino Guruli
- Winter 2020, Claudia Maria Flores and Nino Guruli
- Spring 2020, Claudia Maria Flores and Nino Guruli
Greenberg Seminar: Reconciliation in Ireland and South Africa
Despite its apparent peace and prosperity today, Ireland is an island with a long history of division and conflict, from the sectarian Troubles in Northern Ireland to religious cruelties in the Republic of Ireland. This Greenberg looks at a collection of those ordeals, compares them with other paths to reconciliation in South Africa, and then considers where the two Irish nations are today. We will begin by reading two non-fiction accounts: SAY NOTHING by Patrick Radden Keefe about the Troubles in Northern Ireland and THE MAGDALEN LAUNDRIES by James M. Smith about cruelties inflicted upon unwed mothers in the Republic of Ireland. Then we will look at writings by Nelson Mandela (LONG WALK TO FREEDOM), Desmond Tutu (NO FUTURE WITHOUT FORGIVENESS), and Martha Nussbaum (ANGER AND FORGIVENESS) to examine ideas of reconciliation, anger, and forgiveness in other contexts. Next, we'll look at a celebrated fictional account of the Troubles in the north (MILKMAN by Anna Burns) before concluding with an account of ordinary life in the Republic today through NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney. Have the Irelands reconciled with their past, or does they still need to?
- Spring 2020, Martha C. Nussbaum and William Anthony Birdthistle
- Winter 2020, Martha C. Nussbaum and William Anthony Birdthistle
- Autumn 2019, Martha C. Nussbaum and William Anthony Birdthistle
Greenberg Seminar: The Conservative Legal Movement
We will study the rise of the conservative legal movement as a competitor to legal liberalism. Topics will include both influential persons and organizations, such as the Federalist Society, and jurisprudential ideas, including originalism and law and economics. Participating students earn one pass/fail credit. Attendance at all sessions is required to earn the credit.
- Spring 2020, John Rappaport and Joel Isaac
- Winter 2020, John Rappaport and Joel Isaac
- Autumn 2019, John Rappaport and Joel Isaac
- Winter 2018, Saul Levmore and Julie Roin
- Autumn 2017, Saul Levmore and Julie Roin
Greenberg Seminar: The Law on Film
This seminar will examine a series of modern depictions of law on film. The seminar will cover both criminal law and procedure and civil litigation, and the list of films will include Twelve Angry Men, The Paper Chase, My Cousin Vinny, and others. We will explore the ways in which law is portrayed, the impact of this portrayal for narrative, and the ways in which film operates to shape public perceptions of law. Preference is given to 3L students. Graded Pass/Fail.
- Spring 2020, Jonathan Masur and Eric Andrew Posner
- Winter 2020, Jonathan Masur and Eric Andrew Posner
- Autumn 2019, Jonathan Masur and Eric Andrew Posner
- Spring 2019, Jonathan Masur and Eric Andrew Posner
Greenberg Seminar: The Trial in Film and Literature
In this seminar, we will discuss portrayals of courtroom proceedings in literature and film/TV, beyond My Cousin Vinnie, To Kill a Mockingbird, or Law and Order. What do they tell us about the effectiveness and justice of our system? About how non-lawyers view litigation and lawyers? How do these accounts affect how we think about our profession and our roles in it? About our society? We will give seminar participants a chance to weigh in on the materials we read and view, but some possibilities include: (film/TV) Anatomy of a Murder, Runaway Jury, The Escape Artist, In Contempt; (literature) Franz Kafka, The Trial; Scott Turow, Presumed Innocent; John Grisham, A Time to Kill.
- Spring 2020, Emily Buss and Judith P. Miller
- Winter 2020, Emily Buss and Judith P. Miller
- Autumn 2019, Emily Buss and Judith P. Miller
Greenberg Seminar: The West Wing and the Law
This Greenberg seminar considers legal, social, and political issues raised in The West Wing television series, an award-winning drama that originally ran from 1999 through 2006. We will discuss the role of lawyers and lawyering in the series, as well as various legal issues in The West Wing's depiction of our government -- from the power of the Executive, to Supreme Court appointments, to constitutional questions. We will critically examine the show's portrayal of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and disability. We will also consider the show's long-term influence on American political thought, including critiques of the show from the left and right.
- Spring 2021, Sarah Marie Konsky and Daniel Jacob Hemel
- Winter 2021, Sarah Marie Konsky and Daniel Jacob Hemel
- Autumn 2020, Sarah Marie Konsky and Daniel Jacob Hemel
Greenberg Seminar: Troubled Cities
*All meetings will take place in Winter and Spring quarters of 2021.* We can start with discussing the movie American Factory (available on Netflix), about the re-opening, but then the clash between management and workers, of a factory closed by General Motors in Dayton, Ohio, but then purchased by a Chinese company determined to re-purpose its workforce. We will then discuss The Poisoned City, and the story of Flint Michigan's troubled water supply, and Why Nations Fail, a more academic book considering the larger question of the rise and fall and rise again of conglomerations of people. We might also talk about The Rise of the Creative Class, a book that suggests that the cities most of you yearn to live in, are not made great by people like us but rather by off-beat artistic types. We are open to suggestions for a different book or film. Graded Pass/Fail.
- Spring 2021, Saul Levmore and Julie Roin
- Winter 2021, Saul Levmore and Julie Roin
Greenberg Seminar: Tyrants, Big and Small
We're surrounded by 'tyrants' and complaints about ''tyranny'--in the household, among our peers, on social media, in our national government, and overseas. But what is tyranny? And why's it so bad? This Greenberg seminar takes an eclectic look at the idea of 'tyrants' in a wide array of contexts, using a varied set of texts.
- Spring 2021, Bridget Anna Fahey and Aziz Huq
- Winter 2021, Bridget Anna Fahey and Aziz Huq
- Autumn 2020, Bridget Anna Fahey and Aziz Huq
Greenberg Seminar: Why I Don't Like to Talk about Race (and Gender)
In this class we will explore why it is so difficult for people to have conversations about race and gender. Our quest throughout the seminar will be to develop a better understanding of the unique historical and cultural underpinnings that make modern discussions about race and gender fraught with blame, denial, fear and discomfort, and we will do so primarily through materials focused on race. We will explore the history of racism in the U.S. by reading portions of Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. We will also explore how whiteness interacts with this history by reading White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. We will watch the TedX talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that was the basis for her book We Should All Be Feminists and may watch an additional movie or read a supplemental article. While there are significant differences in what underpins discussions about race and gender, there is also significant overlap and conversations about either are incomplete when they don't acknowledge that both matter. In developing a better understanding of why modern discussions about race and gender are so difficult, we intend for participants to walk away from the seminar with a better understanding of their own relationship with the issue and how to navigate it in social and political contexts.
- Spring 2020, Herschella G. Conyers and Amy Hermalik
- Winter 2020, Herschella G. Conyers and Amy Hermalik
- Autumn 2019, Herschella G. Conyers and Amy Hermalik
- Spring 2019, Herschella G. Conyers and Amy Hermalik
- Winter 2019, Herschella G. Conyers and Amy Hermalik
- Autumn 2018, Herschella G. Conyers and Amy Hermalik
Greenberg Seminar: "Just" Mercy?-The Criminal Legal System in the Crosshairs
This seminar will provide students with an overview of hate crime. The course will explore the emergence of modern hate crime laws in the United States and the legal controversies surrounding them, including in the context of contemporary social issues. We will examine the challenges of data collection and the impact of data on policy analysis. Law enforcement and hate crime prosecution will be reviewed. The course will also consider the limits of the legal system to effectively address hate crime through conventional methods and discuss alternative options. Grading will be based on class participation and a final research paper (20-25 pages).
- Autumn 2020, Juan Carlos Linares
- Spring 2019, Juan Carlos Linares
Hacking for Defense
H4D is an opportunity to work with teams at the Defense Department and the various intelligence agencies (e.g., NSA, CIA) to solve real world operational problems. Started at Stanford, this program is now offered at several universities across the country. DoD chose Chicago as a new midwest site. Students will form teams with students in other departments, and teams will be assigned to/choose a project to work on. The learning will be through a flipped classroom--the lecture content is in the form of videos done by the program sponsors at Stanford and the DoD. (They are very good.) Then, we will meet as a class to discuss the materials and work together in our teams. Students will be paired with a program sponsor from the government, and work toward a solution that can be deployed. Time will be spent doing interviews, field visits, and problem solving with your team. This will require far more work than the typical law school course, but it will be much more interesting and have real world impact. There is the possibility of forming a business venture and entering the New Venture Challenge with the team. Previous ideas that have come out of H4D have helped the SEALS improve their training, the Army increase the efficiency of its supply chain, and the Navy develop a better communications device for sub-surface warfare. Check out some of the team videos online for examples. This seminar has extra time built into the meetings, but not all sessions will cover that entire time. Ultimately the class time will be the equivalent of two hours each week. Participation may be considered in final grading.
- Autumn 2020, M. Todd Henderson and Thomas William Gossin-Wilson
History of the Common Law
A survey of the development of Anglo-American legal institutions. Among the subjects covered will be the origins and growth of the legal profession, the origin and use of royal writs, the growth of the court system and the nature of trials at common law, law reporting, and the development of the common law in the American colonies and the new Republic.
- Spring 2020, Richard H. Helmholz
Human Rights: Philosophical Foundations
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.
- Spring 2020, Ben Laurence, Kévin Orly Irakóze, and Andrea Elizabeth Ray
- Spring 2019, Ben Laurence
- Spring 2018, Ben Laurence, Joshua Fox, Claudia Hogg-Blake, and Agatha Slupek
Introduction to Law and Economics
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. This class has a final exam. Participation may be considered in final grading. This class will begin the week of January 4, 2021.
- Autumn 2017, Anup Malani
- Winter 2018, Dhammika Dharmapala
- Winter 2019, Dhammika Dharmapala
- Winter 2020, Dhammika Dharmapala
- Winter 2021, Dhammika Dharmapala
The Internet Economy
The Internet is contributing to economic growth that exceeds the pace of the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s. The Internet is transforming the global economy, creating enormous value for founders, firms, investors, and consumers. Today, the seven most valuable public companies in the world-- Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, Facebook, Tencent, and Alibaba- all compete in the Internet Economy. At the same time, there is also an unprecedented number of so-called Unicorns, start-ups valued at more than a billion dollars, trying to disrupt these platforms and ecosystems, as well as every other sector of the economy. The emergence of these highly funded private companies alters the structure and dynamics of the market in seismic ways. This seminar seeks to explore many of the most important historical and current trends and themes in the Internet and technology economy and ecosystem. We will explore the incentives of the major constituencies in the ecosystem, including firms (and the difference in incentives between founders, managers, employees), investors (the difference between private and public market incentives), consumers, and politicians, and other constituents. We will examine the overall structure and competitive dynamics of firms within the overall Internet economy, focusing on critical horizontal and vertical markets. To aid in our discussion, we will explore a range of business and legal concepts, with a specific focus on how decision-makers apply (or not) these concepts in real life. Specifically, we will explore concepts related to corporate finance, competitive strategy, economics, and behavioral economics, psychology, and history. We will also explore the legal and policy structure, foundation, and issues that serve as the backdrop for the Internet economy.Evaluation will be based on a paper (10-15 pages) and short weekly class preparation (2 credits). Students may earn 3 credits by doing an extra short assignment.
- Autumn 2020, Jared Earl Grusd
This seminar examines the regulatory, economic, and political issues surrounding the use of pooled investment vehicles, particularly hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and sovereign wealth funds. We will discuss the legal and business considerations that go into the formation of funds, paying close attention to the negotiations between investment advisers and the investors in their funds. Then we will examine the portfolio investment strategies of different investment funds, such as the use of leveraged buyouts, equity investments, and more sophisticated trading in derivatives. We will develop a familiarity with the Investment Advisers Act and the Investment Company Act, which are the key legal regulations governing these funds, as well as with the most current scholarly debates in this field. A final paper of 20-25 pages is required.
- Winter 2020, William Anthony Birdthistle
Islamic Law: Foundations and Contemporary Issues
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, including current political and social events globally that have roots in Islamic Law issues. 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. This is a one semester 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. A series of research papers is required (20-25 pages). Participation may be considered in final grading.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. Professor Bajwa currently heads the Middle East regional practice for Kirkland & Ellis and travels regularly to the region.
- Autumn 2020, Kamran Bajwa
- Autumn 2019, Kamran Bajwa
- Autumn 2018, Kamran Bajwa
- Autumn 2017, Kamran Bajwa
The Law and Economics of Trump Trade
This seminar will explore the law and economics of U.S. Trade Policy under the Trump Administration. The seminar will include readings, lectures, and discussions on (1) the economic theory of trade, (2) how recent developments in U.S. trade policy fit into this economic theory, (3) the historical and legal background of current U.S. trade regulation, and (4) the domestic and international legal frameworks that enable and/or constrain recent developments in U.S. trade policy. This class requires a series of short reaction papers.
- Spring 2020, Cree Lane Jones
Law and Literature
This seminar explores the interdisciplinary field of law and literature. Literature is important for understanding law because it teaches a certain way of thinking -- one that emphasizes close reading of text, competing interpretations, and empathetic judgment. Law is important to understanding novels, plays, poetry, and short stories where they make certain assumptions about law or develop themes about the relationship of law, society, and justice. This seminar will explore these and related topics through a variety of literary works of short to moderate length, including: William Shakespeare, "Othello"; Herman Melville, "Billy Budd, Sailor"; Susan Glaspell, "A Jury of Her Peers"; John Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath"; Lorraine Hansberry, "A Raisin in the Sun"; Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird"; Toni Morrison, "The Bluest Eye"; and Kazuo Ishiguro, "The Remains of the Day." There will also be some secondary readings. We will address specific questions like the following: What can literature and literary imagination bring to performance of legal tasks, including "telling stories" about facts and cases, or understanding the nuances of moral responsibility? What different (or similar) interpretative rules do lawyers and literary critics employ in construing a text? Can legal analysis bring new insight into the meaning of classic literature or offer compelling new critiques? Students will be graded on attendance, participation, and a series of short research papers.
- Winter 2021, Richard McAdams
Law and Politics: U.S. Courts as Political Institutions
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. This class has a final exam or major paper of 20-25 pages. Participation may be considered in final grading. The final exam is administered by the instructor. Please watch the following video from Professor Rosenberg about the class: https://youtu.be/k0Lvqs5EQF8.
- Spring 2021, Gerald Rosenberg
- Autumn 2019, Gerald Rosenberg
- Winter 2019, Gerald Rosenberg
- Winter 2018, Gerald Rosenberg
Law and Psychology
The economist John Maurice Clark once observed that although members of his field may choose to remain ignorant of insights offered by the field of psychology, they "will not thereby avoid psychology." Instead, he wrote, the economist "will force himself to make his own, and it will be bad psychology." The same can be said of law.
In this seminar, we will examine the ways in which the law makes its own psychology, and will analyze whether these instances are good or bad psychology-that is, whether they are supported by empirical evidence. We will examine bits and pieces of various legal doctrines, ranging from criminal procedure to antidiscrimination law, but we will not cover any area of law in a systematic fashion. This course will emphasize insights to be gained from social and cognitive psychology, and will spend comparatively less time on developmental or clinical psychology.
This course will require a series of short reaction papers. Participation may be considered in final grading.
- Spring 2020, Roseanna Sommers
- Autumn 2018, Roseanna Sommers
The Law and Psychology of Consumer Contracts
We are all consumers, and we all sign or click through standardized form agreements, typically without reading, understanding, or negotiating their terms. This seminar will survey the law governing consumer transactions from a variety of empirical and theoretical perspectives, drawing largely on recent work in behavioral economics, psychology, and public policy. Throughout the seminar we will explore a series of related questions: Do the rules and formal doctrines adequately protect unsophisticated parties or are consumers being failed by contract law? If consumers are being taken advantage of, is there anything the law can do to curb unfair or abusive market behavior? How do consumers perceive the contracts they sign and the rules governing their transactions, and how do the contract and the law affect sellers' and consumers' behavior? This seminar has three main goals: (1) to introduce students to the fascinating world of consumer protection and regulation and to the challenges that these contracts present to traditional contract law theories and doctrines; (2) to expose students to the important role of psychological and behavioral insights in legal scholarship and practice; and (3) to give students a taste of empirical research methods, including experiments and observational studies. A series of reaction papers is required.
- Spring 2020, Meirav Furth-Matzkin
Law and Society
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 20-25 page major paper.
- Autumn 2020, Anna-Maria Marshall
- Autumn 2019, Anna-Maria Marshall
- Autumn 2018, Anna-Maria Marshall
- Autumn 2017, Anna-Maria Marshall
Law and the American Revolution
This class will be taught by Farah Peterson, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. www.law.virginia.edu/faculty/profile/fp9r/2708426. This class explores five different views of the legal order in late-eighteenth-century America and delves into the major legal questions raised by the American Revolutionary movement. Students will be graded on class participation and a series of reaction papers. This is a short class meeting 5 times: Wed/Thur April 29/30, Wed/Thurs May 6/7 from 6:10-8:10 p.m. and Friday, May 8 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
- Spring 2020, Farah Peterson
Legal History of the Founding Era
This class explores the legal world of the late eighteenth century from the period just before the Revolution to the ratification of the Constitution. Among other topics, the class covers debates over the economic and political conditions that shaped the constitutional moment, and the implications of those debates for constitutional interpretation. This class requires a series of reaction papers and substantial out of class work. Participation may be considered in final grading. Students who have already taken the short course Law and the American Revolution may not enroll.
- Spring 2021, Farah Peterson
Legal Spanish: Public Interest Law in the US
This course brings students to high-intermediate levels in reading, speaking, and listening for the practice of public interest law in the US. Learners will build proficiency around relevant topic areas so that they can read, listen, explain, present and solicit information related to rights, procedures, legal actions, etc. Pre-requisite: one year of university-level Spanish or equivalent.
- Spring 2021, Darcy Whilldin Lear
Successfully managing other people - be they competitors or co-workers - requires an understanding of their thoughts, feelings, attitudes, motivations, and determinants of behavior. Developing an accurate understanding of these factors, however, can be difficult to achieve because intuitions are often misguided and unstructured experience can be a poor teacher. This course is intended to address this development by providing the scientific knowledge of human thought and behavior that is critical for successfully managing others, and also for successfully managing ourselves.
Using a combination of lectures, discussions, and group activities, the course offers an introduction to theory and research in the behavioral sciences. Its primary goal is to develop conceptual frameworks that help students to understand and manage effectively their own complicated work settings.
The course is organized into two main sections: (1) the individual, and (2) the organization. The first half of the course is concerned with issues related to individual behavior, such as how people's attitudes influence their actions, how people form impressions of others and attribute causes of behavior, and how the choices people make are influenced by characteristics of the decision-maker and the decision-making process. The second half of the course turns to people's behavior in the context of a larger enterprise. It addresses how organizations can successfully coordinate the actions of their members. Topics in this section include effective group decision-making, development and function of organizational culture and persuading others.
Grades are based on class participation, an exam, and weekly "thought papers".
- Spring 2021, Ann L. McGill
I use a framework based approach to teach this course. The first half of the class is spent on building a structured approach using customer analysis (assessing how the firm could provide unique benefits to an attractive target market segment); company analysis (assessing strategic fit based on long-term strategy and core capabilities) and competitor analysis (ascertaining how to build sustainable competitive advantage). The second half of the class uses the strategic marketing analysis described above to identify issues and challenges the firm faces, and articulate marketing objectives that are used to develop the marketing plan (product development, positioning and product strategy; setting prices to capture value, determining potential channel or places of distribution and promotion & communication strategies to communicate benefits to the target market).I also try to use multiple pedagogical tools to help students comprehend and assimilate the material. This includes lectures that introduce tools, concepts and frameworks on each topic in the framework followed by a rigorous case analysis to illustrate application. In addition, I will discuss current events, recent industry examples, and ask you to play a real-world data based pricing simulation. I have also been working with firms applying these frameworks for the last 25 years and hope that students will also share their experiences in class discussions. Given the rigorous and highly interactive nature of class discussion, as well as framework based approach used, this class is helpful to students for case analysis preparation. Therefore, this class is helpful to students pursuing consulting careers, developing entrepreneurial businesses, or interested in understanding and analyzing growth and demand strategies of a corporation. Previous business experience is helpful for this course. This class has a final exam and required papers. Participation may be considered in final grading.
- Winter 2020, Sanjay Dhar
- Winter 2019, Sanjay Dhar
- Winter 2018, Sanjay Dhar
Opera as Idea and Performance
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, one each week, including a director, a conductor, a designer and two singers, to enable us to explore different perspectives.
The list of operas to be discussed include Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppaea, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Verdi's Don Carlos, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Wagner's Die Meistersinger, 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 in performance or through recordings would be extremely helpful.
Assignments: In general, for each week we will require you to listen carefully to the opera of that week. Multiple copies of the recommended recordings will be available in the library. But you should feel free to use your own recordings, or to buy them if you prefer. There will also be brief written materials assigned, and posted on the course canvas site. No books are required for purchase. Because listening is the main thing, we will try to keep readings brief and to make recommendations for further reading should you want to do more.
Class Structure: In general we will each make remarks for about twenty minutes each, then interview the guest of the week, with ample room for discussion.
- Spring 2021, Martha C. Nussbaum and Anthony Freud
Philosophy of Natural Law and Natural Right
The seminar will offer a comparative approach to four classic positions on natural law and natural right: Aquinas, Hobbes, Rousseau, and Kant. Our work is chiefly that of reading and seminar conversation. At the end of the term, we will consider a few post-1945 international human right documents and render a verdict on the relevance of our classic thinkers. On that verdict, there will be a written exercise in fashion of Oxford gobbets. This class has a final take-home exam.
- Autumn 2020, F. Russell Hittinger
Price Theory I
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.
- Autumn 2020, Kevin Miles Murphy, Marcos Gabriel Sorá, Fabian Nagel, Yang Su, and Maria Daniela Vadillo Carenas
- Autumn 2019, Kevin Miles Murphy, Scott Francis Behmer, Rafael Duran Jimenez, and German Bruno Villegas Bauer
- Autumn 2018, Antonio Gabriel, Agustin Gutierrez, Rafael Duran, and Francisco Mena
- Autumn 2017, Kevin Murphy, Maxwell Kellogg, Jian Li, Mikayel Sukiasyan, and Mary Stofcik
Project Finance in Emerging Markets
This class will explore the principles of project finance and their application to projects in emerging markets, with a particular focus on Latin America. The class will include various case studies and will include the review of core contracts and a discussion of common legal issues that arise in the cross-border context. Grading will be based on short presentations, negotiating activities, analyzing agreements, and written work (15-20 pages total). Participation may be considered in final grading.
- Spring 2021, Jaime Emilio Ramirez
Psychological Dimensions of Criminal Punishment (Operationalizing Theories & Methods of Psychology in Criminal Law)
This two-week seminar will introduce law students to how tools of socio-cognitive psychology can be used to uncover empirical insights into the workings of criminal law and its decision-makers, including judges and jurors. We will discuss empirical scholarship that combines doctrinal analysis with theories and methodologies of psychology to identify where and why the legal system's expectations and assumptions about how criminal laws and procedures operate are at odds with the socio-cognitive realities of human decision-making. We will also consider potential legal and psychological routes through which policy makers and practitioners can address these disconnects in order to improve the accuracy and fairness of the criminal justice system. More broadly, we will discuss both the possibilities and limitations of what the theories and methods of psychology can offer to the study and practice of criminal law. At the end of the course, students will propose their own experimental designs in this regard. No prior experience in psychology is needed. This is a short class that meets 6 times: April 7/8/9/14/15/16 from 6:10-7:55 p.m.
- Spring 2020, Avani Sood
Racism, Law, and Social Sciences
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. This seminar includes a major writing project in the form of a seminar paper (20-25 pages).
Participation may be considered in final grading. This class will begin the week of January 4, 2021.
- Winter 2021, Christopher Fennell
- Spring 2020, Christopher Fennell
- Spring 2019, Christopher Fennell
- Spring 2018, Christopher Fennell
The seminar develops skill in analyzing legal problems according to the processes of the Roman civil law, in contrast with those of the common law, and does not purport to give a comprehensive treatment of its detailed workings. The material provides an outline of the sources and procedure of Roman private law, followed by an examination of the Roman institutional system, the basis of most modern civil law codes. Particular emphasis is given to property and to obligations (contracts and torts). No knowledge of Latin is required for the seminar. A major paper of 20-25 pages is required for this class.
- Spring 2021, Richard A. Epstein
- Spring 2019, Richard A. Epstein
- Spring 2018, Richard A. Epstein
Tragedy and Philosophy
Ancient Greek tragedy has been of continuous interest to philosophers, whether they love it or hate it. But they do not agree about what it is and does, or about what insights it offers. We will study the tragic festivals and a select number of tragedies, also consulting some modern studies of ancient Greek tragedy. Then we shall turn to philosophical accounts of the tragic genre, including those of Plato, Aristotle, the Greek and Roman Stoics (especially Seneca), Lessing, Schlegel, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Iris Murdoch, Sartre, and Bernard Williams. If we have time we will include some study of ancient Greek comedy and its philosophical significance. Admission by instructor permission and it must be sought in email by September 15. Prerequisite: An undergrad major in philosophy or some equivalent solid philosophy preparation, plus permission. This is a 500 level course. Ph.D. students in Philosophy, Classics, and Political Theory may enroll without permission. Law students with ample philosophical background are welcome to enroll but should ask me first. Undergraduates may not enroll.
Knowledge of Greek is not required at all, but if you do know Greek, bring the Greek texts of works whose original is Greek along with the translations. If needed, try to use the Loeb Classical Library facing-page translations. Students will write a 25 page seminar paper. This class follows the Law School calendar and will begin the week of September 21.
- Autumn 2020, Martha C. Nussbaum
Workshop: Law and Economics
This year-long 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. Participation may be considered in final grading.
Please note that the Workshop is open to anyone to attend on a non-registered basis. Only law students can take it for a grade (i.e., everyone else takes it P/F) and non-law students should only be able to register if slots are open after law students have registered.
- Spring 2021, Lee Fennell and Dhammika Dharmapala
- Winter 2021, Lee Fennell and Dhammika Dharmapala
- Autumn 2020, Lee Fennell and Dhammika Dharmapala
- Spring 2020, William H. J. Hubbard and Lee Fennel
- Winter 2020, William H. J. Hubbard and Lee Fennel
- Autumn 2019, William H. J. Hubbard and Lee Fennel
- Spring 2019, Todd Henderson and William H. J. Hubbard
- Winter 2019, Todd Henderson and William H. J. Hubbard
- Autumn 2018, Todd Henderson and William H. J. Hubbard
- Spring 2018, Omri Ben-Shahar and William H. J. Hubbard
- Winter 2018, Omri Ben-Shahar and William H. J. Hubbard
- Autumn 2017, Omri Ben-Shahar
Workshop: Law and Philosophy
The Workshop will expose students to work in "general jurisprudence" from roughly the last five years, including some new and forthcoming work. General jurisprudence is 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. ; Confirmed speakers include Emid Ataq (Cornell), Julie Dickson (Oxford), David Plunkett (Dartmouth), Stephen Sachs (Duke), and Kevin Toh (University College London).
Students who have taken Leiter's "Jurisprudence I" course at the law school are welcome to enroll. Students who have not taken Jurisprudence I must contact the instructor with information about their prior study of legal philosophy. Detailed familiarity with Hart's The Concept of Law and Dworkin's criticisms of Hart is essential.
A final paper of 20-25 pages is required.
- Spring 2021, Brian Leiter and Matthew Etchemendy
- Winter 2021, Brian Leiter and Matthew Etchemendy
- Autumn 2020, Brian Leiter and Matthew Etchemendy
- Spring 2020, Martha C. Nussbaum and Daniel Guillery
- Winter 2020, Martha C. Nussbaum and Daniel Guillery
- Autumn 2019, Martha C. Nussbaum and Daniel Guillery
- Spring 2018, Martha C. Nussbaum and Nicolas Delon
- Winter 2018, Martha C. Nussbaum and Nicolas Delon
- Autumn 2017, Martha C. Nussbaum and Nicolas Delon
Workshop: Legal Scholarship
This workshop is designed for students (including JSDs and LLMs) who are considering an academic career as well as those who want to improve their public speaking and written expression skills. It may be taken for a full year as a course (every other week in W and S) or only in the fall quarter as a seminar. In the fall young scholars from around the world present works in progress and students write reaction papers and question them as the faculty does in other workshops. As we discuss what does and does not work in these papers and presentations, students will get a clear sense of the types of topics that lead to good papers by young scholars, how good scholarship is structured, and how to give an engaging and clear presentation. In the Winter and Spring students write an original piece of legal scholarship or revise a previously written paper for publication. The goal of the workshop is to create a learning community that will provide students with the type of scholarly atmosphere the faculty here enjoys, something all the more important in the age of Zoom. 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 FALL ONLY version is graded on the basis of short reactions papers and class participation, the full year version grade depends on the written paper and its presentation as well. The full year version may fulfill the WP or the SRP.
- Spring 2021, Lisa Bernstein
- Winter 2021, Lisa Bernstein
- Autumn 2020, Lisa Bernstein
- Spring 2020, Lisa Bernstein
- Winter 2020, Lisa Bernstein
- Autumn 2019, Lisa Bernstein
- Spring 2019, Lisa Bernstein
- Winter 2019, Lisa Bernstein
- Autumn 2018, Lisa Bernstein
- Spring 2018, Lisa Bernstein
- Winter 2018, Lisa Bernstein
- Autumn 2017, Lisa Bernstein
Workshop: Regulation of Family, Sex, and Gender
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. Students have the option of writing a major research paper for SRP or WP credit or short reaction papers commenting on the works-in-progress presented. Participation may be considered in final grading.
- Spring 2021, Mary Anne Case
- Winter 2021, Mary Anne Case
- Spring 2020, Mary Anne Case
- Winter 2020, Mary Anne Case
- Spring 2019, Mary Anne Case
- Autumn 2018, Mary Anne Case
- Spring 2018, Mary Anne Case
- Winter 2018, Mary Anne Case