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 take turns conducting mock oral arguments of cases currently pending before Supreme Court. After each argument, the class will confer to discuss how it would decide the case and how the Court itself might. 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.
With prior professor permission, the paper may qualify for the WIE writing requirement.