Section Description Provided by Instructor
The Legal Theory Workshop is a longstanding faculty seminar, in which invited speakers, from law and other disciplines, present works in progress for comment and discussion. The topics of the papers -- and therefore of the discussions -- vary widely, depending on the current interests of the invited speakers.
In recent years, students have been invited to participate in the workshop for academic credit. The current structure of the Legal Theory Workshop is as a year-long 2-credit course, with two main classroom components. First, students will read each speaker's paper and attend the biweekly workshop sessions, which are typically held Mondays 4:20 - 6:10. (This year, several of the sessions will be held during Tuesday lunch time.) Second, students will attend biweekly one-hour discussion sessions, led by one of the workshop's faculty directors, at lunchtime (12:10 - 1:00) on Mondays of the workshops (or prior to the Tuesday workshops).
The writing requirements are as follows: one 10-15 page paper each semester, typically responding to one or more of the semester's workshop sessions, and supervised by one of the faculty directors; and five 1-page response papers each semester, due by noon the day before the relevant lunch meeting for each workshop.
Students registered in the Fall term must take the course for the full year. A limited number of students may register for the Spring term portion of the workshop for one (1) academic credit.
M 4:20-6:10 pm
M 12:05-1:05 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit
Minor (upon consultation), Major (only upon consultation)
Year-long offering: 1 credit in Fall term + 1 credit in Spring term. A limited number of students may be accepted for only the Spring term offering. If you wish to register, please contact Khamla Pradaxay: [email protected]
Learning Outcome Goals
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in understanding and critiquing secondary legal literature
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in jurisprudential considerations in legal analysis
- At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in use of other disciplines in the analysis of legal problems and institutions, e.g., philosophy; economics, other social sciences; and cultural studies