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The Conversation of Law & History

This cross-listed seminar uses primary and secondary material to explore issues at the intersection of law and history. With faculty and students from both the Law School and the History Department, we will consider how historians examine law and how lawyers and judges use history. We will be interested in how each can learn from the other, but also in the limits of the disciplines’ capacity to communicate, given the differences in their goals and their materials. We will ask law students and historians to collaborate in working through materials and problems. Likely topics include legal treatments of slavery, constitution-making, judicial review, marriage, and ideas of nature. THIS IS A YEAR-LONG COURSE.

Please note that course organization and content may vary substantially from semester to semester and descriptions are not necessarily professor specific. Please contact the instructor directly if you have particular course-related questions.


Jedediah Purdy
Laura Edwards (History Department)
The Conversation of Law & History 708.01
Fall 2011
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