Law & Other Disciplines

6589   Women, Money, and Law (2 or 3)

Historical, theoretical, and practical approaches to issues involving the relationship between gender and financial power with an introduction to basics of financial planning. Recommended prerequisite or corequisite: Law 6300 and either Law 6250, 6342, or 6343. (Research paper)

6590   Jurisprudence (2 or 3)   Galston

Basic jurisprudential concepts; nature of law; development of legal institutions; jurisprudential schools—natural law, analytical, historical, sociological, functional; law and logic; law and justice; the judicial process; legislative, executive, administrative decision making; impact of politics, economics, and scientific advance on legal systems; contemporary trends in jurisprudential thought. (Take-home examination)

6591   U.S. Legal History (2 or 3)   Cottrol

Examination of the history of U.S. law from the seventeenth century to the present. Topics include Anglo-American constitutionalism, the reception and transformation of the common law, slavery and the law, race and gender in U.S. law, corporations, labor and the rise of the regulatory state, and legal education and the legal profession in U.S. history. (Research paper)

6592   Jurisprudence Seminar (2 or 3)

Selected topics in legal theory to be announced at the time of registration. Enrollment is limited. (Research paper or examination)

6593   Introduction to Legal Theory (1)   Turley

Introduction to different schools of legal thought and theory, including but not limited to Lockean, Hegelian, utilitarian, economic, feminist, critical legal, public choice, and sociobiological theory. Principles and policies that motivate changes in legal doctrine and how concepts of morality, personal autonomy, collective action, tripartite government, equity, and efficiency affect the legal process. The objective is to offer law students a foundation to be conversant in different concepts that relate to their legal training, particularly in the first-year curriculum. Enrollment is restricted to first-year J.D. students assigned to this course. (Examination)

6594   History of the U.S. Constitution (2 or 3)   Wilmarth

Examination of the philosophical and historical background of the U.S. Constitution, including the writings of Locke and Montesquieu, with particular attention to social contract theory, natural law, and separation of powers principles. Consideration of the relevance of these concepts to the debates surrounding the drafting and ratification of the Constitution and the original Bill of Rights, and the degree to which these concepts have been reflected in decisions of the Supreme Court, including selected decisions of the Marshall Court and several more recent decisions. (Take-home examination or research paper with permission of the instructor)

6595   Race, Racism, and American Law (2 or 3)   Bracey

Examination of the influence of race and racism on the development of law in the United States. The use of law by legislatures and judges, both to enforce and to remedy racism in selected contexts, possibly including criminal justice, voting rights, public accommodations, education, employment, housing, free speech, and family law. The course will also consider the utility of critical race theory as a method of legal analysis. (Examination or take-home examination)

6596   Law of Race and Slavery (2)

The role of legal norms and processes in developing patterns of slavery and race relations in the United States and other societies. Application of themes and methods from comparative and historical sociology to the study of legal history. Topics include the legal origins of slavery in the Americas, law and racial classifications, social and economic consequences of legal discrimination, and legal remedies and the undoing of systems of discrimination. Comparative study of the history of race relations in the United States, Latin America, and South Africa. Enrollment is limited. (Research paper)

6597   Legal History Seminar (2 or 3)

Selected topics in legal history to be announced at the time of registration. Enrollment is limited. (Research paper)

6598   Law and Economics (2 or 3)

An introduction to the main features of the Law and Economics movement, with particular attention to the content, application, and criticisms of the Coase theorem. Topics include a brief review of essential aspects of price theory (including the concept of a competitive price equilibrium), an introduction to the principal notions of welfare optimality (including Pareto and Hicks–Kaldor efficiency), and the problems posed by externalities and public goods. Emphasis on some of the classical works in this field and applications to specific decisions. (Examination)

6599   Professional Responsibility and Ethics Seminar (2)   Shawn

Selected topics in professional responsibility and ethics. Intensive study of questions of lawyer responsibility and ethics raised by professional codes and moral philosophy. This course does not satisfy the professional responsibility requirement. Prerequisite: Law 6218. Enrollment is limited. (Research paper)

6601   History of the Common Law (3)   Lerner

The history of legal procedure and institutions in England and the United States, in particular the relationships among judges, juries, and lawyers in civil and criminal cases. Development of rules of evidence; links between law and equity. How changes in politics, society, and economics affect legal procedures and courts. Origins of the adversarial legal system and comparisons with the inquisitorial system on the European continent and elsewhere. (Examination or research paper with permission of the instructor)

6602   Law and Accounting (2 or 3)   Gabaldon

Study of fundamental accounting principles with emphasis on corporation accounting; legal and accounting implications of specific items in financial statements of corporations; inventory adjustments; corporate transactions, distributions, capital adjustments. No accounting background required; students who majored (or the equivalent) in accounting or who hold certifications as Certified Public Accountants (CPA) may not enroll. (Quizzes and problem assignments or examination with the permission of the instructor)

6604   Quantitative Analysis for Lawyers (2 or 3)

Introductory course for lawyers that does not assume or require advanced mathematical skills. Application of non-legal methods of analysis in public policy problems with attendant evidentiary requirements, including the effective use of experts. Principal non-legal methods of policy analysis, including micro-economic analysis (basic price theory and industrial organization), financial analysis (including the roles of financial institutions), and statistical analysis. Introduction to basic analytic concepts and terminology/jargon, common applications of the analysis in the law, and practical problems of expert witnesses. (Examination or research paper with permission of the instructor)

6606   Law and Literature (2 or 3)   DeSanctis, Solove

The ways in which the law is depicted in literature, and how literary interpretation can be applied to legal texts. Literary and philosophical works of short to moderate length by Melville, Kafka, Shakespeare, Capote, Morrison, Garcia Marquez, and Faulkner, among others. (Research paper and oral presentations)

6607   The Law and Regulation of Science (2)

The ways in which scientific reasoning and the scientific method have been applied, and misapplied, to legal and policy decisions. The differing standards for scientific and legal inquiry and whether these standards have proven to be compatible. Analysis of pivotal science-based legal decisions, beginning with the trial of Galileo and including evolving standards for scientific evidence in the courtroom, the difficulty of proving causation in toxic torts, regulation of hazardous substances, balancing of personal liberty and public health, determining when a drug is safe enough to market, attempts to define fundamental aspects of the human condition, the debate over evolution in public schools and the legal and ethical issues arising from mapping and patenting the human genome. The means by which scientific inquiry itself is fostered and regulated in the United States and abroad, including the recent policy debates over human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, as well as scientific misconduct, fraud, bias, and the politicization of scientific debate. Prerequisite: Law 6230. (Examination or research paper)

6608   Feminist Legal Theory (2 or 3)   Ridder

Law and society studied from the point of view of women. The course focuses on feminist jurisprudential treatment of gender and examines the prospects for sex equality under the law. Enrollment is limited. (Research paper)

6612   Law and Anthropology (2)   R. Palmer

Cultural aspects of law in the context of various societies. Traditional African dispute resolution and the changes brought about by colonialism; Native American political structures; Gypsy courts; the relative legal rights of insiders and outsiders in small-scale European communities; non-legal resolution of disputes in urban neighborhoods in the United States. Legal rules and cultural traditions of these and other societies compared in terms of economic efficiency, personal responsibility and freedom, and ethical balance. (Research paper)

6614   Law and Psychiatry (2)   Blackmon

The problems and legal issues raised by the interface of psychiatry and the law: informed consent, privacy, the insanity defense, civil and criminal commitment under questions of legal competency, forced medication, and disability law with reference to the mentally ill. Evolving trends in professional standards, constitutional rights, legislative rights, ethics, licensing, contracts, and torts in the relationships among the psychiatric profession, the law, and the mentally ill. The role of psychiatric experts, standards of admissibility, and weight of evidence and their impacts on the relationship between the law and the mentally ill. (Take-home examination)

6616   Genetics and the Law (2 or 3)   Suter

Examination of the legal and ethical issues that genetics research and technology present. Topics include eugenics; the Human Genome Project; ethical, legal, and regulatory issues associated with clinical genetics and various types of genetic testing; possible discriminatory uses of genetic information by employers, insurers, and others; legislative attempts to protect the privacy and confidentiality of genetic information; ownership of genetic samples and information; patent law issues; forensic uses of genetic information; gene therapy; and cloning. (Examination)

6617   Law and Medicine (2 or 3)   Suter

Examination of legal and ethical issues that arise in the doctor–patient relationship and medical decision making. Topics include informed consent; human experimentation; personhood; reproduction, including advanced technologies and prevention; patients’ rights; death, dying, and limits on intervention; hard choices; and public policy issues. (Examination)


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