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Fall 2022

Course Description
This course is an independent papers aggregation. It counts as a two credit course for writing requirement purposes but as a three credit course for J.D. graduation purposes. Students write substantial papers -- fully researched, ultimately requiring multiple drafts. The topics they choose must fit within the focus of the course -- developed in a series of required in-class meetings and discussions at the beginning of the semester.

The particular focus of the course is the recent work of the Supreme Court reassessing important propositions of federal law. It is easy to conclude that "the world turned upside down" (the song said to be played after Cornwallis's defeat at Yorktown). Papers written within the course will look hard at the Court's recent and perhaps looming efforts and -- crucially -- assess implications going forward. The fights ahead?

A more concrete sense of the work of the course is presented in the first assignment posted by the registrar.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-22-2022 - 11-30-2022   TR  2:00 PM-3:20 PM F408

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation: Paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Government & Regulation - Basic
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: The overarching aim of this course is to position enrolled students to write substantial papers exploring implications of Supreme Court decisions last Term (2021-22) or possibly this coming Term (2022-23). In particular the course asks students to identify decisions or possible decisions sharply changing prior federal law. Ultimately students will focus on particular cases in order to identify and critically assess their future implications. To start this process, students should visit the United States Supreme Court webpage and review the 2021 Term decisions to identify seemingly radical judge-made changes. Students should also explore the SCOTUSblog website to look at the Court’s 2022-23 docket – again looking for (this time possible) sharp judicial changes in approach. We will discuss these materials in class across the first weeks. At that point, students will be asked to identify writing topics – as soon as possible leading to processes of researching and writing first drafts.   



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-2261
Office: G365