Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/12
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • W
  • 1540-1740
  • WB129
01/25/2023 04/26/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course takes an interdisciplinary, comparative, and empirical perspective on the design and operation of courts as institutions. Topics of interest include the manner in which social scientists study courts; the nature and basis of judicial power; the practical effects of judicial review; the different ways in which a system of judicial review can be designed; the role of courts in nondemocratic environments; the challenges of conceptualizing and achieving judicial independence; and the dynamics by which courts expand into the domain of politics.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex with Paper Option
Description: Flex exam with paper option at end of semester. Upper-level students who choose the paper option and intend to use it toward their upper-level writing requirement must submit the "special request" e-form to SRO by Feb. 27th. The e-form can be found in the SRO Forms Library on LawWeb.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
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
Cross Listed: Yes
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: PLCP 7500 (19060)
Concentrations: Constitutional Law
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, April 26, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM