Annual 2023-2024 Class ScheduleTo read course descriptions, click on the course titles below.
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Note that courses are subject to change.
|Course #||Course Title||Fall||Winter||Spring|
|LEGAL_ST 101-8||First-Year Writing Seminar: TBD||Jesse Yeh|
LEGAL_ST 101-8 First-Year Writing Seminar: TBD
Description coming soon.
|LEGAL_ST 101-8-1||First-Year Writing Seminar: Environmental Writing: Regulation and Imagination||Nicolette Bruner|
LEGAL_ST 101-8-1 First-Year Writing Seminar: Environmental Writing: Regulation and Imagination
What is the environment? Is it a collection of resources? An entity in need of protection? An autonomous state of being? In this course, we interrogate the relationship between how we talk about the environment and what we do to – and with – the natural world. Readings will engage with contemporary U.S. problems in environmental law and the environmental humanities, including climate change, riparian rights, environmental impact assessment, and the rights of nature movement. Along the way, we will interrogate how legal language imagines, constructs, and limits the objects it regulates, and practice making productive, evidence-centered interpretative arguments.
|LEGAL_ST 101-8-2||First-Year Writing Seminar: Undocumented Americans||Jesse Yeh|
LEGAL_ST 101-8-2 First-Year Writing Seminar: Undocumented Americans
How does migrant legal status shape the lives of the 11 million Americans who are undocumented? In this first-year seminar, we will read and discuss social scientific writings, court opinions, journalistic accounts, creative nonfictions, podcasts, and more. We will focus on the histories of U.S. migration and immigration policies, how immigration statuses intersect with other social differences, and how immigration statuses shape people’s experiences with key social institutions, such as family, education, healthcare, work, and political participation.
|LEGAL_ST 206-0-20||Law and Society (also SOCIOL 206)||Joanna Grisinger|
LEGAL_ST 206-0-20 Law and Society (also SOCIOL 206)
Law is everywhere. Law permits, prohibits, enables, legitimates, protects, and prosecutes citizens. Law shapes our daily lives in countless ways. This course examines the connections and relationships of law and society using an interdisciplinary social science approach. As one of the founders of the Law and Society movement observed, "Law is too important to leave to lawyers." Accordingly, this course will borrow from several theoretical, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives (including sociology, history, anthropology, political science, and psychology) in order to explore the sociology of law and law's role. This course introduces the relationship between social, cultural, political, and economic forces on the one hand, and legal rules, practices, and outcomes, on the other. We focus on several important questions about law including: How do culture, structure, and conflict explain the relationship between law and society? Why do people obey the law? Why do people go to court? How does the legal system work? What is the role of lawyers, judges, and juries? How does law on the books differ from law in action? How do social problems become legal ones? How can law create or constrain social change?
|LEGAL_ST 207-0-20||Legal Studies Research Methods (also SOCIOL 227)||Jesse Yeh|
LEGAL_ST 207-0-20 Legal Studies Research Methods (also SOCIOL 227)
Legal Studies Research Methods introduces students to research methods used in interdisciplinary legal studies, including jurisprudence and legal reasoning, qualitative and quantitative social science methods, and historical and textual analysis. The course is a prerequisite for the Advanced Research Seminar in Legal Studies, 398-1, - 2, and is intended to prepare students for the design of their own research project to be conducted in 398-1, -2. Through exposure to and engagement with interdisciplinary research methods on law and legal processes, the course will provide students with a deeper understanding of law in its historical and social context. The course will provide students with a set of research tools with which to conduct research on legal institutions. The course builds on content from Legal Studies 206, a prerequisite for 207. While part of the Legal Studies major sequence, the course will enrich the analytic skills of students from many fields who are interested in law or in interdisciplinary research methods. (Pre-Req: Legal_St 206 "Law & Society")
|LEGAL_ST 305-0-1||American Immigration (also HISTORY 305)||Shana Bernstein|
LEGAL_ST 305-0-1 American Immigration (also HISTORY 305)
This course introduces students to the social, political, legal, and cultural history of immigration in the United States. In addition to exploring the history of southern and eastern European immigrants, it uses a comparative framework to integrate Latin American and Asian migrants into our understanding of immigration since the late nineteenth century. The course is an exploration of major themes in immigration history rather than a comprehensive examination. Issues students will consider include immigration law, acculturation, community, racial formation, victimization vs. agency, the transnational and international context of immigration, and competing notions of citizenship, among others.
|LEGAL_ST 315-0||Corporation in US Law and Culture||Nicolette Bruner|
LEGAL_ST 315-0 Corporation in US Law and Culture
A corporation is its own person under the law, separate from those whom it employs or who may own its stock. How did this happen, and what does it mean for the humans who live and work alongside corporations every day?In this course, we will trace the evolution of the corporate person in the United States from the colonial era to the present. Our focus will be twofold: the evolving legal rights and responsibilities of the corporation, and the role that the corporate person has played in the American cultural imagination.
|LEGAL_ST 333-0||Constitutional Law II (also POLI_SCI 333)||Joanna Grisinger|
LEGAL_ST 333-0 Constitutional Law II (also POLI_SCI 333)
Consideration of US Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil and political rights, including equality, freedom of speech and religion, and criminal procedures.
|LEGAL_ST 348-0||Race, Politics, and the Law (also SOCIOL 348-0-20)||Jesse Yeh|
LEGAL_ST 348-0 Race, Politics, and the Law (also SOCIOL 348-0-20)
This course examines conceptualizations race and racism across the social sciences to situate the role of race in contemporary U.S. politics, policymaking and law. The course considers how race continues to structure life experiences, social outcomes, opinions and political affiliations. Using contemporary political and legal issues, the course addresses how the law deals with racial inequality. Pre-requisite - LS/Soc 206
|LEGAL_ST 350-0||Psychology and the Law (taught with PSYCH 340)||Sara Broaders|
LEGAL_ST 350-0 Psychology and the Law (taught with PSYCH 340)
This course will examine the complex issues involved in applying the science of psychology to the field of law. Among the topics we will cover:
• How psychological research can apply to policies and practices in the legal system
Taught with PSYCH 340; Pre-requisite - PSYCH 110
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-20||Topics in Legal Studies||Abigail Barefoot|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-20 Topics in Legal Studies
This is a special topics course - Topic title and description will be posted soon.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-20||The Crime Centered Documentary (also HUM, RTVF)||Debra Tolchinsky|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-20 The Crime Centered Documentary (also HUM, RTVF)
In this course, we will view non-fiction and hybrid films that revolve around crime, criminal justice, and criminal court cases. Our emphasis will be on cases that are either mired in controversy and/or emblematic of wider social concerns. Readings will accompany viewings and experts will weigh in with legal, philosophical or scientific perspectives: What is accurately depicted? What is omitted? What is misrepresented? Concurrently, we will investigate the films aesthetically: How is the film structured and why? What choices are being made by the filmmaker in terms of camera, sound and editing and how do these choices affect viewers? Throughout the course, we will consider the ethics of depicting real people and traumatic events. We will also look at specific films in regard to their legal or societal impact. Assignments will include a series of short response papers and a substantial final project, which can take the form of either (up to the student) a final 12-15 page paper or an 8-12 minute film. The final should center upon a legal topic. Ideas include, but are not limited to: A comparison of two films depicting the same criminal case, a polished/edited interview with a person somehow connected to a crime, an investigation of a local court or legal advocacy center. Group projects (two people max) will be allowed.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-21||Moral Panics||Abigail Barefoot|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-21 Moral Panics
Description coming soon.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-22||Ocean Law and Policy (also ENVR_POL 390-0-21)||Wil Burns|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-22 Ocean Law and Policy (also ENVR_POL 390-0-21)
The world's oceans, encompassing 70% of the world's area and 90% of its volume, are essential to life on Earth. However, they are increasingly imperiled by an array of anthropogenic stressors, including pollution, overexploitation of natural and non-living resources, and climate change. This class will focus on both the threats posed to ocean ecosystems, including impacts on marine living resources. The focus of the course will be on the role of international law, including treaties and customary international law, in addressing threats to the world's oceans. A large portion of the course will focus on the provisions of the so-called "constitution for the oceans," the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-23||Climate Change Law & Policy (also ENVR_POL 390-0-22)||Wil Burns|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-23 Climate Change Law & Policy (also ENVR_POL 390-0-22)
This course examines the potential role of the law in confronting climate change from an institutional and policy perspective, examining the role of treaties, national legislation (in the United States), sub-national responses and judicial and quasi-judicial fora. Among the topics that will be addressed include the science associated with climate change, the role of key international climate treaty regimes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement, national and state and local responses to climate change in the United States, the role of litigation in confronting major emitters, and the potential role of climate geoengineering approaches. It will also seek to help students develop critical skills of analysis of treaty provisions, legislative language, and court decisions, public speaking and cogent writing.
|LEGAL_ST 383-0-20||Gender, Sexuality and the Carceral State||Abigail Barefoot|
LEGAL_ST 383-0-20 Gender, Sexuality and the Carceral State
This course explores the rise of the carceral state in the United with particular attention to ethnographic, sociolegal, feminist, queer, and transgender theoretical approaches to the study of prisons. The course centers on girls, women, and LGBT people’s experiences with systems of punishment, surveillance, and control. In addition, students will learn how feminist and queer activists have responded to institutions of policing and mass incarceration; investigate how they have understood prison reform, prison abolition, and transformative justice; and consider the political, ethical, and methodological concerns that policing, and mass incarceration raise.
|LEGAL_ST 394-LK-20||Lawyering: Education and Practice||Seth Meyer|
LEGAL_ST 394-LK-20 Lawyering: Education and Practice
Attorneys are central to American life and popular culture, but the profession is undergoing dramatic change. For years, the supply of lawyers has vastly outstripped the demand for legal jobs and the resulting lawyer bubble has grown. Meanwhile, those who land law jobs have different challenges: recent surveys report many attorneys' growing disenchantment with their work and dissatisfaction with their lives. This seminar will examine the profession's multidimensional crisis. What changes occur in attorneys, both individually and systemically, emerging from law schools and finding their roles in the legal realm? Why is working within the most lucrative big firms now regarded by many as the pinnacle of private practice? What other options are available? It will explore life after law school, examining the disparate places law graduates might find themselves. The course invites prospective law students to consider their potential places, as individual lawyers, in what remains a noble profession. It also invites those students in other undergraduate disciplines who may be curious about trajectories open to them in this post-graduate academic and, ultimately, career field.
|LEGAL_ST 394-LK-21||Human Rights & US Refugee Law||William Schiller|
6:00 pm - 8:50 pm
LEGAL_ST 394-LK-21 Human Rights & US Refugee Law
The objectives in this course are: 1) to learn about international human rights conditions and refugee law mechanisms in the United States, through ongoing research related to asylum claims that will be presented at the end of the quarter in a trial; and 2) to become familiar with the diverse work of refugee-related professionals, including individuals who perform documentation-gathering, advocate for legal and public policy, and provide health care for asylum-seekers in the United States. In this class, you will be introduced to fundamental tenets of international human rights law and its domestic counterpart, U.S. asylum law. You will build upon this foundation for the remainder of the course by researching two asylum claims involving refugees from two countries, which you will present in mock hearings at the end of the course.
|LEGAL_ST 398-2-20||Advanced Research Seminar II||Abigail Barefoot|
LEGAL_ST 398-2-20 Advanced Research Seminar II
Legal Studies 398 is a two-quarter sequence (398-1 and 398-2) required for all Legal Studies majors. This seminar will expose students to a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to law and legal institutions; over two quarters, students will develop their own research paper on a topic of interest. During winter quarter, students will complete their research projects and present their projects to the class. Students will meet to discuss shared readings, will workshop their paper drafts with one another, will prepare oral presentations based on their research, and will meet individually with the professor and with the Graduate Teaching Fellows.