The Institutional Supreme Court (SC)

Section 1, Spring 22
Greenhouse, Linda

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 0/16
Credits: 1
Day Date Time Room
  • M
  • T
  • W
  • R
  • M
  • T
  • W
  • R
  • 02/14/2022
  • 02/15/2022
  • 02/16/2022
  • 02/17/2022
  • 02/21/2022
  • 02/22/2022
  • 02/23/2022
  • 02/24/2022
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • 1800-1930
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129
  • WB129

Course Description

This course will examine the Supreme Court from the perspective of its institutional role and the behavior of its members and of those whose professional lives circle around it. Since our aim is a better understanding of how constitutional law is made, the focus will be on the making, rather than on the substantive law.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam administered via EXPO (details and deadlines to be announced).

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Please check the Syllabus frequently, as it is in part a narrative that offers context for some of the readings. It will evolve to reflect newly published articles and new developments at the Court. This is obviously a crucially busy period for the Court, and part of our job will be to keep up with developments. So do re-check the Syllabus regularly as assignments might change. For many classes, there are long lists of recommended readings (all of which, except for Paul Kahn "Making the Case" are posted on Canvas). These are not meant to induce alarm but are posted simply as a resource for anyone who is particularly interested in one of our topics, either now or for future projects. The Syllabus clearly differentiates between readings that are required and those that are simply there for your reading pleasure. At the close of class, several students will be asked to submit one- or two-page responses to the readings in advance of the following class, to kick off class discussion.

Other Work
This is a discussion rather than a lecture course. Everyone will take the self-scheduled final exam. Your grade will be based on class participation as well as on the exam. Please come to class prepared to make substantive contributions.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: Paul Kahn’s MAKING THE CASE: THE ART OF THE JUDICIAL OPINION (2016).
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**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.

Schedule No.
122217783
Law No.
LAW7687
Modified Type
Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, February 17, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, February 26, 11:59 PM
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