This seminar is based on the traditional Supreme Court Seminar formerly offered at Texas by the late Charles Alan Wright. Students participate as Justices of the United States Supreme Court. The "Justices" meet in "conference" once a week to thrash out the issues in a case currently before the Supreme Court, and to try to achieve a majority for decision of the issues raised. Time permitting, the instructor may offer comments on the case, the presentations, or both. During the previous week, students serve as their own clerks, familiarizing themselves with the selected case. The seminar affords solid exposure to some of the Court's more controversial and interesting current cases and to actual professional materials of importance, while providing experience in analysis of legal issues through focused lawyerly argument. As a useful side benefit the seminar also provides some background in the fields of law involved in the selected cases. The required written work is in the form of a well-crafted fully researched Supreme Court majority opinion.
This Seminar may not be elected in the first year. Enrollment is strictly limited to 9 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Three credit hours.