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220G sec. 001 - Public Law and Policy Workshop (Spring 2023)

Instructor: Jonathan S Gould  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 12:50 PM - 2:40 PM
Location: Law 134
From January 09, 2023
To April 25, 2023

Course Start: January 09, 2023
Course End: April 25, 2023
Class Number: 32596

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 29
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 32
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

This seminar will discuss papers on public law by leading scholars from Berkeley Law and other schools. Public law is the umbrella term for the various areas of law that structure the government, determine how it is constituted, and describe its powers. Public law includes constitutional law (e.g., separation of powers, federalism, individual rights), administrative law, and the law of democracy, among other topics. During a time of polarization and tumult in American democracy, public law is critically important.

The theme for the semester will be the intersection of law and politics. We will focus on the ways in which public law shapes our politics, and the ways in which our politics shape public law. Papers will cover a variety of substantive topics related to that theme.

Each week, a guest speaker will join us to present and discuss their work. Students are expected to read the papers in advance and to participate in discussion with the author. Grades will be based on short response papers and on class participation.

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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

No formal prerequisites. Coursework in constitutional law, administrative law, and/or the law of democracy is helpful but not required, and students from all backgrounds are welcome.

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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