Current Issues in the Supreme Court (SC)

Section 1, J-Term 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 13/18
Credits: 1

Course Description

This course will explore current issues before the Supreme Court. Each day will focus on one area of the law, with discussion of one or two recent or upcoming Supreme Court cases. Likely topics include the First Amendment speech and religion clauses (Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission), the Fourth Amendment and new technologies (Carpenter v. United States), and presidential authority and immigration (Trump v. Hawaii). Through the lens of these cases, we will study the Court’s doctrine in these emerging areas, as well as the Court’s decision-making process, dynamics among the Justices, and the role played by Supreme Court advocacy. The bulk of the reading will be in the form of Supreme Court decisions, but we will supplement with occasional oral argument transcripts, Supreme Court briefs, and other secondary materials.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be responsible for short reaction papers on each day’s readings, focused on a question provided in advance. Student evaluations will be based on these assignments and on class participation.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

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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