This seminar is derived from the three-credit Children and the Law course. Where the latter is a broad survey of the law governing decision making for children and the relationship between parents and the state that arises in that context, this seminar focuses in on the three areas of the law that tend to generate the most cultural and legal controversy: education, religion, and maltreatment. Students will be required to prepare memoranda throughout the semester on related topics including home schooling, curriculum reform, vaccination law, proxy consents to medical treatment and research, corporal punishment, and the Fourth Amendment’s special needs administrative search exception. The course can be used to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement. There are no prerequisites. However, because the subject matter builds on the foundations of constitutional law, property, and torts, it will be useful to have taken these classes.
|Course Areas of Practice|
Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law