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227.8 sec. 001 - Supreme Court Seminar (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Amanda Tyler  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 21, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 21, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number: 32261

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 18
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

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.

Due to the nature of this class, some or all of the sessions may not be recorded and posted except as required for accommodation of students with disabilities.

Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.

NOTE: In this class, the usual provisions of Add/Drop do not apply. All interested students, whether enrolled or on the waitlist, must attend the first class in order to be admitted. Any student who does not attend the first class without prior permission of the instructor will be dropped from the class and the waitlist. No additional students will be permitted to add the course.

Constitutional Law (may not be taken concurrently)

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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