Fall 2014
    Law No.: LAW8641
    Sched. No.: 114821733

First Amendment and the Scholarly Process (YR)*
Section 1
Schragger, Richard C.
Schwartzman, Micah J.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):W, 1540-1740 (SL131)
Credits:3Type:Yearlong seminar
Capacity:14 **This information is current as of 05/22/2015 06:14:34 AM**
Current Enrollment:9 **This information is current as of 05/22/2015 06:14:34 AM**

Course Description:

This yearlong seminar is designed for students who are interested in working on a longer scholarly project, who might be interested in a career in law teaching, and who also have an interest in constitutional law, jurisprudence, or public law more broadly conceived. The course will focus mainly on the First Amendment, with special attention to the Religion Clauses, freedom of association, and freedom of speech as it relates to matters of religious liberty. We will consider various methodological approaches, including doctrinal, historical, philosophical, economic, and other modes of analysis. The seminar will entail a substantial amount of reading and writing. In the first semester, we will read and analyze cases and articles related to our topic. Students will prepare and defend brief “thought papers” concerning these articles. Also in the first semester, students will begin researching and drafting an article of publishable quality (approximately 12,000-19,500 words). These draft articles will be presented to the class during the second semester for discussion and critique. Final drafts are due at the end of the second semester. The seminar is open to 14 students. If it is oversubscribed, students will be selected based on their demonstrated level of commitment to engage in sustained research.

NOTE: Laptops are not allowed during class sessions.

COURSE REQUIREMENT: A substantial research paper (12,000-19,500 words)

This course is on the approved upper-level writing requirement course list.