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LAW 3281 Constitutional Politics: The U.S. Supreme Court

D. Chutkow
Fall. 4 Credits. S-U or letter grade. Monday/Wednesday: 2:55-4:10pm Room G90
Undergraduates only
[also also AMST 3281, GOVT 3281] This course investigates the United States Supreme Court and its role in politics and government. It traces the development of constitutional doctrine, the growth of the Court's institutional power, and the Court's interaction with Congress, the president, and society. Discussed are major constitutional law decisions, their political contexts, and the social and behavioral factors that affect judges, justices, and federal court jurisprudence.

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LAW 4021 Competition Law and Policy

G. A. Hay
Fall. 4 Credits. S-U or letter grade. Monday/Wednesday: 1:25-2:40pm Room G90
Undergraduates only.
[also ECON 3805]Prerequisite: This course requires no legal training or background but ECON 1110 (Elementary Microeconomics) or its equivalent is a prerequisite. Enrollment limited to: undergraduates only.
[Law 4021] This course will examine issues that arise when a country attempts to implement and maintain a "competition policy" as a way for promoting economic growth and efficiency. The basic reading material will start with actual cases (most of them arising under U.S. antitrust law), and use those cases to probe the legal, economic and broad policy issues that the cases raise. This course is intended for non-law students; law students interested in the subject should take LAW 6101.

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LAW 2650 Psychology and Law

V. Hans. & J. Rachlinski. Undergraduates only.
Fall. 4 Credits. S-U or letter grade. Tuesday/Thursdays: 2:55-4:10pm Room 184
[also HD 2650, PSYCH 2650] This course explores how cognitive, social & clinical psychology are used in law. Law makes many assumptions about human psychology, and lawyers and judges regularly rely on psychological research in their cases. The course examines the psychology underlying criminal confessions; children's testimony; the insanity defense; risk assessment; judge and jury decision making; criminal punishment; constitutional law; and common law (tort, contract, and property) disputes. The course assesses the use and misuse of psychology in these subjects.

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