Course Details

Contemporary Supreme Court Cases

Course description This course examines Supreme Court cases as they are pending before the Court, as well as new cases that come down during the Term. The aim of the course is to provide an insight into the range of issues that the Supreme Court faces in any given year, and an opportunity to study in depth topics that we may be unfamiliar with. It will also allow us to examine the process by which Supreme Court cases take form, the political-legal context of cases, and the impact of litigator advocacy before the Court. Classes Each week, we will examine in detail two cases that the Court is considering in the current Term. Rather than extensive reading, we will listen to oral arguments and read some relevant contemporary commentary. Students will have input into which cases we examine - we will decide on a list of cases in the first meeting (see below). We will attempt to choose cases of interest and/or importance that represent the breadth of the Supreme Court's docket. Students will also have input into the content of our readings. Assessment Assessment will consist of: a. class organization and presentation (30%); b. general class participation (20%); and c. a final short paper (50%).

Catalog Number: CONPUB 669
Practice Areas: Constitutional Law


Course History

Spring 2019
Title: Contemporary Supreme Court Cases
Faculty: Jacobi, Tonja (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 24

Spring 2018
Title: Contemporary Supreme Court Cases
Faculty: Jacobi, Tonja (courses | profile)
Mollen, Abby (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 23

Spring 2017
Title: Contemporary Supreme Court Cases
Faculty: Jacobi, Tonja (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 17

Spring 2016
Title: Contemporary Supreme Court Cases
Faculty: Jacobi, Tonja (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 23