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Supreme Court Seminar (3)

The purpose of such a course would be to explore how the Supreme Court functions as an institution in the political system. The following topics would be considered (possibly others as well):

  • Origins and development of SC, its changing and expanding jurisdiction, role
  • SC and the federal and state court systems
  • Selection and backgrounds of justices (+ clerks, Solicitor General); leaving the Court; proposals for reform
  • Business of SC--significance of changes in its docket over time
  • Structure of agenda, decisionmaking procedures and norms, rule of 4, defensive denials, development and philosophy of certiorari jurisdiction, etc.
  • Who are the litigants? Changing profiles of litigants (esp. role of Solicitor General as party and amicus)
  • Decisionmaking on the merits: briefs, oral argument, conference, opinion assignment and writing, dissents and concurring opinions
  • Theories/Models of decisionmaking: attitudinal model, institutional and strategic models, etc.
  • SC in the political system--relationship with other courts, Congress, Executive, public opinion, media
  • Impact of SC, SC opinions and social change
  • Judicial Review and theories/modes of constitutional interpretation
  • SC compared to other "constitutional courts"

Students may not take both this offering and Supreme Court Seminar:Recent Cases and Controversies.

Current & Previous Instructors:
Joel Grossman;

550K (CRN: )       Credits: 3
    Grossman.
    Spring, 2015 (Twilight).
    Wed: 5:25-7:25  
    Room 300A/B.
    


Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

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