American Legal History
2017-2018 School of Law Bulletin

LAWS 792 - American Legal History

Credits: 3

This course is a survey of American law, tracing the developments between the colonial period and the present day. The thematic element is that of change - asking how societal changes have affected the law, and, conversely, how the law has changed society. The discussions will also consider the times when the law did not play role in substantial change. As with any survey course, the class proceeds rapidly, allowing coverage of roughly four centuries in a single semester. There will, however, be stopping points, especially when the relationship between law and society seems especially contentious. The course will include both public and private law, offering multiple opportunities for inquiry about change.

Note: Satisfies the perspective course graduation requirement

Basis of Grade: Final examination, plus contributions to class discussion

Form of Grade: Letter

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