S. American Jurisprudence: Judicial Interpretation and The Role of Courts

Course Information

Course Number
L8082
Curriculum Level
Upperclass
Areas of Study
Constitutional Law
Type
Seminar
Additional Attributes
LLM NY Bar Exam Qualifier

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Section Description

This course, taught by a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, explores the complex role assigned to federal judges in the American system of justice. During the seminar, students will assess the historical and cultural underpinnings of the judicial branch, and will consider issues involving judicial authority, jurisdiction, theories of constitutional and statutory interpretation, the common law, and equity, as well as the proper role for judges in fact finding, sentencing, and administering the third branch of government. Students will be expected to supplement course materials and discussion by attending court proceedings. Special consideration will be given to students who have secured, or are seeking, federal judicial clerkships.

School Year & Semester
Fall 2019
Location
JGH 304
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Tuesday
6:20 - 8:10 pm
Points
2
Method of Evaluation
Paper
J.D Writing Credit?
Minor (automatic)

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in Theories of Constitutional and statutory interpretation.
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in doctrinal analysis, including close reading of cases and precedents, and application to facts
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in statutory and regulatory analysis, including close reading of statutes and regulations, and application to facts
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in ethical and professional issues related to the role of courts in a constiutional system
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in judicial, legislative and/or administrative processes
  • 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 the historical development of law and legal institutions

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
Constitutional Law
Other Limitations
None