Judicial Role in American History

Section 1, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 6/15
Credits: 3

Course Description

A survey of leading American Supreme Court judges from Marshall through the Roberts Court. The course will consist of lectures and readings, along with discussions of topics on contemporary issues. The book required for the course in G. Edward White, The American Judicial Tradition (3rd ed. paperback, 2007), available at Courts and Commerce. There will also be a packet of materials available for students at the Copy Center. The class will consist of lectures that will not duplicate the material assigned in The American Judicial Traditionor the materials, followed by class discussion of cases with which many students have encountered in other courses, such as Marbury v. Madison, Erie v. Tompkins, United States v. Carolene Products, and Brown v. Board of Education. The course's coverage begins with Chief Justice John Marshall and progresses chronologically, ending with a general discussion of the Rehnquist and Roberts Courts.

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any):
Description: None

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Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work
In lieu of an examination, each student will be required to complete two in-class papers. The first paper will be due the day before fall break; the second paper will be due the last day the class meets. One paper will examine an opinion of a Supreme Cou

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
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Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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.

General Information

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