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Fall 2017-2018
AMS 390 / HIS 382 (EM)   na, npdf

American Legal Thought

Hendrik A. Hartog

This course surveys American legal thought and the practices of American lawyers. Along the way, it questions the notion of distinctive "schools," as well as the distinctive legality and the distinctive Americanness of legal thought. It offers an intellectual history of 20th century American law, with an emphasis on core controversies and debates.

Sample reading list:
Barbara Fried, The Progressive Assault on Laissez Faire
William Fisher and David Kennedy, eds., The Canon of American Legal Thought
Kenneth W. Mack, Representing the Race
Risa Goluboff, Lost Promise of Civil Rights
various law review articles; films; websites

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pages a week of reading; Four response papers, due before precept; Two essay reviews, each of a major secondary source

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
There is a required 80-minute precept. Additional precepts will be scheduled only if enrollment warrants..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21041 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T   McCormick Hall   106   Enrolled:37 Limit:55
21042 P01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   207   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
23378 P01A 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm Th   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
23379 P02 11:00 am - 12:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:7 Limit:15
21823 P99 TBA        Enrolled:4 Limit: