217.41 sec. 001 - Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Case (Fall 2020)
Instructor: Seth Davis (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction
Tu 3:35 PM - 4:25 PM
From August 18, 2020
To November 30, 2020
Course End: November 30, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 34339
Enroll Limit: 11
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM
There is so much more to a case than its holding. So what is reading a case all about? This course will explore thirteen different ways of looking at a case. It will introduce students to major schools of legal theory as we apply them to canonical cases from the core law school curriculum. In each class session we will learn a particular approach by close reading a case from constitutional law, contracts, property, torts, and other core classes. Among other schools of thought, we will study natural law, legal positivism, formalism, legal realism, the legal process, law and economics, critical legal studies, critical race theory, and feminism. Thus, this course will supplement the first-year curriculum by offering students an introduction to legal thought and providing them with various ways of understanding and critiquing case law.
This class is among the special Fall 2020 1L elective seminars designed to give entering 1Ls an extra opportunity to form connections despite our remote form of interaction. In light of that goal, these classes will expect real-time attendance and may not be recorded. These classes will all be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis and total written work requirement will be no more than 8 double-spaced pages.
This course is only open to 1Ls.
Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Legal Theory and History
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