Constitutional Law and Legal History

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The Law School's curriculum places the history of law and the ongoing story of the Constitution in context so that students can better understand both the past and present legal landscape. With more than 25 faculty members in constitutional law and legal history, Virginia offers an unparalleled variety of lecture courses, seminars and clinics in the field.

Program on Legal and Constitutional History

Virginia’s Program on Legal and Constitutional History creates a rich intellectual community of scholars and students with shared historical interests.

J.D.-M.A. Program in History

In cooperation with the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History, the Law School allows students to obtain a J.D. and an M.A. in history in three years. Several veterans of the dual-degree program have gone on to successful careers in legal academia, and recent graduates have clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justices. Law students interested in the program should contact the Law School faculty advisor, Professor Charles Barzun.

Charles W. McCurdy Fellowship in Legal History

Offered through a partnership between the Miller Center and the Law School, the yearlong McCurdy Fellowship allows scholars to work in residence at the Law School while completing dissertations in legal and political history. The fellowship, which carries a $32,000 stipend, includes a mentorship program and the opportunity to coordinate and present work at the Law School's legal history workshop and the Miller Center’s Spring Fellowship Conference. More

Event Programming

The program sponsors a series of monthly legal history lunch workshops in which scholars and Virginia faculty members present works in progress. Advanced J.D.-M.A. candidates participate in these workshops and even present drafts of their own M.A. theses.

The program also sponsors a series of lectures and panel discussions in which authors of recent important books are invited to engage in discussions of their work with students and faculty participating in the Colloquium in American Legal History.

An informal legal history writing group allows faculty, law students and graduate history students to present works-in-progress over dinner at the homes of faculty members.

Legal History Workshops, 2016-17

11:30 a.m., Faculty Lounge

FALL 2016
Oct. 24 — Tim Lovelace, Indiana University (co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and the Law)
Nov. 14 — Dan Hulsebosch, New York University
Nov. 28 — Martha Jones, University of Michigan

SPRING 2017
March 27 — Ron Harris, Tel Aviv University
April 10 — Jack Schlegel, University of Buffalo
TBA — Annette Gordon Reed, Harvard Law School

In addition, a BOOK PANEL to celebrate the publication of the second volume of Ted White's "Law in American History" wil be held Thursday, Nov. 10, from 4-6 p.m. in Caplin Pavilion. In addition to White, the panel will feature Barbara Welke (University of Minnesota), Logan Sawyer (University of Georgia), and Chuck McCurdy (UVA).

Contact: Professor Charles Barzun