227.8 sec. 001 - Supreme Court Seminar (Fall 2019)
Instructor: Amanda Tyler (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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- Tu 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Law 115
From August 20, 2019
To November 22, 2019
Course End: November 22, 2019
Class Number: 32428
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM
This seminar examines the Supreme Court as an institution with emphasis on the ways in which the institutional forms and structures of the Court influence the decisions that the Court hands down. Topics studied include: appointments to the Court; the Court’s jurisdiction; the Court's procedures for determining which cases it will review; the internal deliberative processes of the Court; the role of the Government and other advocates before the Court; the role of the law clerks at the Court; the role of precedent; and proposals for increasing public access to the Court. Students will read the briefs and lower court opinions in constitutional law cases currently pending before the Supreme Court and debate the cases while role-playing the part of a Justice of the Supreme Court. Over the course of the semester, students will write a short certiorari pool memorandum; a short bench memorandum in a pending case; and majority and dissenting opinions in one of the pending cases covered in the class. This is an option one writing requirement course.
Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.
Students must have previously completed the core course in Constitutional Law.
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Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.