Constitutional Law and Economics

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/16
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1540-1740 WB121

Course Description

For fifty years, economics has provided an insightful and influential perspective on private law, including contracts, property, and torts. In recent years, scholars have begun applying economics to constitutional law, and this course introduces that work. Students will analyze fundamental constitutional processes, including bargaining, voting, and delegating, as well as legal institutions like courts and administrative agencies. Throughout the course we will consider the incentive effects of legal rules and institutional designs and evaluate their implications for efficiency (the size of the pie) and distribution (who gets the big slice, who gets the little one). Our discussions will illuminate familiar and important legal topics, such as the Chevron doctrine, separation of powers, precedent, federalism, and political speech. No previous knowledge of economics is presumed or required.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

A paper will be due no later than noon on Dec. 20th (the day before the last day of the exam period). In accordance with Academic Policy I.M, students seeking to use the paper for their Upper-Level Writing requirement must submit the Writing Requirement "Special Request" form to SRO by October 3rd (5 weeks after start of term). The e-form is available via LawWeb. Retroactive exceptions will not be granted.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) Students may provide a written waiver of the prerequisite from the professor to SRO based on comparable graduate-level Constitutional Law coursework. Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: Law and Economics II: Public Law and Economics (7151)

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: No

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 123819897

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Concentrations: Constitutional Law , Human Rights and Civil Liberties , Jurisprudence and Comparative Law

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