Theories of Law (Katz/Moore) - online
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Theories of Law is a seminar that will be co-taught by Leo Katz and Michael Moore at the University of Illinois College of Law and will include students from Penn and from Illinois. The seminar will be conducted wholly on line, though there will be a brief initial in-person meeting with the Penn students at the beginning of the semester. The reading this year will be a bit different from those in recent years: the focus will be on philosophically oriented readings in the criminal law and adjacent areas, with occasional appearances by authors of these pieces. We hope for vigorous class discussions. We might at times ask students to start discussions of an assigned text with some “prime-the-pump” questions of their own. (This will be with advance notice, not a cold call.) Students will be asked to write seven short (750 words) reflective papers over the course of the semester addressing some aspect of an assigned reading, to be submitted before class.
Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.
Courts and the Judicial System Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of both substantive and procedural issues in the operation of our legal system; Perform legal analysis in the context of procedural issues and the judicial process; Communicate effectively on topics related to procedure and the judicial process; Demonstrate an understanding of how procedural issues and the judicial process affect all other area of our legal system.
Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.
Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.