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Spring '15

Cornell Law School Undergraduate Courses

LAW 4051: The Death Penalty in America

J.H. Blume, S.L. Johnson
Spring '15. 4 credits. S-U or letter grade.
Tues/Thur 2:55-4:10
The death penalty has gotten increased media attention due to high profile death row exonerations, and has long been under siege for other reasons, such as racial disparities in its imposition and the prevalence of very poor representation by defense counsel. This course surveys the legal and social issues that arise in the administration of the death penalty. The reading will be largely comprised of reported death penalty cases, but will be augmented by a variety of other sources, including empirical studies of the death penalty and the litigation experience of the professors. Although the focus will be on capital punishment as practiced in the United States, we will also consider international and comparative perspectives. Guest speakers will provide a range of views, and law students with experience working on capital cases will lead discussion sections.

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Please use Student Center to request classes for the Spring '15 semester during the add/drop period.

LAW 4131: The Nature, Functions, and Limits of Law

D. Chutkow
Spring '15. 4 credits. S-U or letter grade.
Mon/Wed 2:55-4:10
This is a  general-education course to acquaint students with how our legal system pursues the goals of society. The course introduces students to various perspectives on the nature of law, what functions it ought to serve in society, and what it can and cannot accomplish. The course proceeds in the belief that such matters constitute a valuable and necessary part of a general education, not only for pre-law students but especially for students in other fields. Assigned readings comprise legal materials and also secondary sources on the legal process and the role of law in society. The classes include discussion and debate about current legal and social issues, including equality, safety, the environment, punishment, and autonomy.

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Please use Student Center to request classes for the Spring '15 semester during the add/drop period.