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Proseminars

The Center on Crime, Community and Law Proseminar:


The proseminar is the academic component of the Center on Crime, Community and Law. It is an intensive offering for about 20 students. Led by two faculty members, the proseminar is designed to address a contemporary issue in criminal justice. In many years, the offering has had a particular focus on social science research, training law students to apply social science research to the analysis of contemporary developments in criminal law and criminal justice. The curriculum exposes students to a cross-section of analytic frameworks within which to develop theory and critique current, or proposed policies. This approach provides students with a grounding in social science methods adequate to evaluate the research on which they will draw. Students are required to prepare major research papers in conjunction with the seminar topic, to present these papers to the seminar, and then to contribute to the seminar=s final conference. The Center makes resources available for the pursuit of research topics.
  • Proseminar on National Security, Law Enforcement & Terrorism: Spring Semester, 2003-2004

    Led by Professors Harold Edgar and Debra Livingston, the 2003-2004 proseminar on "National Security, Law Enforcement, and Terrorism" was constructed around the broad question, "How (if at all) has and should law and institutional practice change in response to the threat of foreign terrorism?" Click here to learn more.


  • Proseminar on Problem Solving Courts and Community Law: Fall Semester, 2002-2003

    Led by professors Jeffrey Fagan and Michael Dorf, the 2002-2003 proseminar addressed the subject of Problem Solving Courts and Community Justice. Students were trained in social science research methods and conducted empirical research on specialized problem-solving courts and community justice centers throughout New York City. (Click here to learn more)