Supreme Court from Warren to Roberts

Section 1, Fall 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
Credits: 3
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • M
  • 1540-1740
  • SL298
08/30/2021 11/29/2021

Course Description

The Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren is remembered as having been one of the most activist courts in American history. During the years of Chief Justice Warren Burger, the Court seemed to lack a sense of direction, and the counter-revolution some observers had predicted never came about. What will be the legacy of the Court during the time of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist? What may we expect of the Roberts Court? Among the themes likely to be developed in this seminar are the origins of the Warren Court, that Court's legacy, and the extent to which that legacy survives today; the relation between presidential politics and the work of the Court; the interplay between the Court and the country at large; specific doctrinal developments; the philosophies of the individual justices; and voting blocs and behavior on the Court. During the semester, the seminar will pay a visit to the Supreme Court. We will hear oral arguments, meet with UVA graduates clerking at the Court, and have a private audience with Justice Alito.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a substantial research paper via EXPO by noon on Dec. 6.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Supreme Court Justices and the Art of Judging (9088)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 23, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 03, 11:59 PM