Supreme Court Seminar



SLN #: 26190
Course Prefix: LAW-745
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): O'Grady

Course Description:
This class will meet each week to discuss one or two of the most interesting and important cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during its 2010-11 term. The class will participate in a discussion of the Court’s opinions with focus on the importance of the case, the quality of the Court's reasoning, the judicial philosophies of the individual Justices, and the quality of the advocate’s briefs. There will be no text book. Students will need to conduct their own research to find the full opinions and other information on the cases we study – part of the first class will be devoted to legal research. This is a presentation course that can be used to satisfy the graduation skills requirement. Each student will select two Supreme Court cases to present to the class during the semester -- one presentation will be objective and the other will be presented as an advocate for a particular side. Approximately half the students in class will have a role in the class each week; thus, attendance is mandatory. If you anticipate the need to miss more than one scheduled class, do not register for the course. Registration is limited to 15 students. The professor will work with students who wish to use this class to satisfy the graduation writing paper – the requirements of the graduation writing paper are outlined in the statement of student policies.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Pass/Fail Only
Written Assignment: Each student will write a paper
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes*
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes*
Skills Requirement: Yes*
Note: The graduate writing requirement cannot be combined with the flexible writing or skills requirement. The flexible writing requirement can also be used to fulfill the skills requirement if they are both marked above.
Prerequisite: None
Limited Enrollment Number: 15
Final Exam Given: No
Mid Term or Other Exam: No
Paper or In-Class Presentation: Yes - this will be a skills course
Attendance Policy: Per Statement of Student Policies
Additional Attendance Policy: Mandatory attendance
Online Course Site: Blackboard