Law in American History: Twentieth Century

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 3/35
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 1410-1530
  • WB103
08/31/2022 12/07/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This is a survey course on private and public law in the twentieth century. Topics to be covered include American jurisprudence; the law of mass media; foreign relations law and policy; the internal work of the Supreme Court; the evolving status of constitutional due process, equal protection, and free speech jurisprudence; and the history of the “political question” doctrine from the early twentieth century through Bush v. Gore.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be expected to write two “response” papers (both due via EXPO, either reacting to positions taken by the instructor in lectures or in book chapters or elaborating upon some topic alluded to in class or in the readings. The papers should be limited to 10 double-spaced pages and should demonstrate evidence of independent research and thought. The first paper will be due immediately after Fall break, and the second the last day the class meets.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: The books for the course are G.Edward White, Law in American History, Volume II (2016) and G. Edward White, Law in American History, Volume III (2019).
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.
Law No.
Modified Type
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: Yes
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: HIUS 6175 (21087)
Concentrations: Legal History
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 29, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM