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206.75 sec. 1 - JSD Legal Theory Seminar I (Fall 2013)

Instructor: Rebecca Curry  
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: M 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 136

Course Start: August 26, 2013
Class Number (formerly Course Control Number) (Non-1Ls): 49493

The JSD Legal Theory Seminar at Berkeley Law is a year-long course. The primary aims of this seminar are twofold: (a) to provide entering graduate students with a common substantive grounding, in the central themes and debates of American legal thought as a field of scholarship; and (b) to provide a workshop for entering graduate students to present and get feedback on their own developing research ideas.

The substantive component is concentrated in the fall term. We will examine central topics and canonical techniques of argument and analysis in American legal theory. A guiding aim is to gain insight on what makes academic legal thought a distinct field, and yet at the same time inextricably connected to other positive and normative disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. The spring term shifts to a workshop format. Students will take turns presenting their own developing research ideas to the group, in a setting conducive to collegial, constructive discussion and feedback.

The seminar is required for all entering JSD students. The fall course will devote roughly two-thirds of the time to substantive engagement with central topics in American legal thought, with roughly one-third devoted to helping students develop their own work. Enrollment limited to JSD students.

Exam Notes: P+
Course Category: General Courses

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  • The canon of American legal thought
    edited by David Kennedy and William W. Fisher III; illustrated by Doug Mayhew
    Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, c2006.
    ISBN: 9780691120003
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $22.80
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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