Area of Study & Practice
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Legal History
JD Graduation RequirementsThis course typically satisfies all or some of the following JD graduation requirements:
American Legal History
Readings will include an array of primary legal sources, such as treatises, statutes, constitutions, and landmark cases, as well as contemporary religious, scientific, and literary works, which will help to situate the legal materials in broader cultural context. A number of secondary historical studies will be considered as well, both for insights into the topics covered, and to illustrate various approaches to legal-historical analysis. The course will encourage critical examination of these sources with the aim of illuminating the life of the law in American history and the role of history in legal thought and practice. No previous background in American history is assumed. Take-home exam, or research paper in lieu of the exam. The research paper may be used to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.
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.