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Cornell Law School Undergraduate Courses

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

D. Chutkow
Fall '14. 4 credits. S-U or letter grade.
Mon/Wed 2:55-4:10
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
Fal'14. 4 credits. S-U or letter grade.
Mon/Wed 1:25-2:40 8:40-9:55
Prerequisite: This course requires no legal training or background but Economics 1110 (Elementary Microeconomics) or its equivalent is a prerequisite. The course can be used by Economics majors as an equivalent to a 4000-level Economics course.

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LAW 4122: Judging the Jury

V. Hans
Fall '14. 4 credits. S-U or letter grade only.
Tues/Thurs 2:55-4:10
The American jury is praised by some as an important symbol of democracy, yet sharply criticized by others as incompetent and biased. This course evaluates claims about the strengths and limitations of the contemporary American jury. We will examine the image of the jury in popular culture, then explore the work of lawyers, legal scholars, psychologists, and other social scientists who have studied the jury in depth. Questions we'll address during the course include: Do juries represent all segments of their communities? Can lawyers stack a jury in their favor? Are jurors influenced by the "CSI effect?" What should judges do about googling and tweeting jurors? How do jurors use trial evidence and legal rules to decide on verdicts, damage awards, or decisions to sentence a defendant to death? By the course's end, students should be able to reach their own informed judgment about this perennially controversial institution.

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