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Supreme Court

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2016-2017 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below this new one. 

2016-2017

This seminar will track the docket of the current Supreme Court term and examine the makeup of the Court’s members. The course will examine both how the Court works as an institution and how individual Justices approach and decide cases. Students will assume the role of petitioner or respondent in a case pending during the current term of the Supreme Court and argue that position in a mock oral argument to the class, who will confer and “decide” the case. Students will also become familiar with the judicial philosophy of each sitting Justice and will be required to submit a paper analyzing the work of one Justice.

NOTE: The below course description applied prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.

This seminar will track the docket of the current Supreme Court term and examine the makeup of the court’s members. Students will assume the role of petitioner or respondent in a case pending during the current term of the Supreme Court and argue that position in a mock oral argument to the class who will confer and “decide” the case. Students will also become familiar with the work and judicial philosophy of each Justice by researching and presenting the biography of an assigned Justice to the class.