Course Details

Colloquium: Public Law II

This is an advanced seminar that will bring together outside scholars, resident faculty, and Northwestern students for an exchange of views about cutting-edge research on public law. The course covers all of public law, broadly defined and encompassing a variety of disciplines and approaches. Topics will include constitutional law, judicial decision-making, and interactions between the judiciary and the political branches of government. For two weeks out of three, a workshop will be held at which a leading scholar will present an in-progress paper growing out of his or her research. On weeks when there is no outside speaker, the seminar will meet to review the two papers in depth. The papers will be on four topics of public law: constitutional law, constitutional criminal procedure, judicial politics and behavior, and structure of government. Students are required to write one short reaction paper in response to the two speakers in each topic - thus there will be four papers in total - and to participate actively in the discussions of workshop presentations. Grades will be based on the quality and consistency of classroom attendance and discussion, and the quality and timeliness of the reaction papers. Reading materials will be posted on-line; there is no required textbook for this course. There are no prerequisites for this course, although students with a background in constitutional, international, and comparative law, as well as political science or economics, can draw on their knowledge of those subjects in fashioning reaction papers.

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 705
Additional Course Information: Research Writing


Course History

Spring 2018
Title: Colloquium: Public Law II
Faculty: McGinnis, John O. (courses | profile)
Pfander, James E. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 4