Spring 2012 Course Schedule

U.S. Legal History II (LAW-610-001)

Meets: 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM (TTH) - Room 103

Enrolled: 21 / Limit: 24

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Having taken Legal History I is NOT a prerequisite for taking this course.


Explores the development of American legal doctrine and thought and its interaction with broader trends in society from post-Civil War Reconstruction to the present. Topics examined include constitutional law, private law, government regulation, and jurisprudence. For a much fuller description, please see the syllabus posted here. U.S. LEGAL HISTORY I IS NOT A PREREQUISITE.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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Required Texts: (1) Urofsky and Finkelman, A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States, Volume 2: From 1898 to the Present (3d ed., 2011) (Paper); (2) Hall and Karsten, The Magic Mirror: Law in American History (2d ed., 2008) (Paper); (3) Wiecek, Liberty Under Law (1988) (Paper); (4) Friedman, American Law in the 20th Century (2002) (Paper); (5) Fisher, et al., American Legal Realism (1993) (Paper). * Inexpensive used copies of the Wiecek, Friedman, and Fisher books can be purchased on line or elsewhere. (In the case of the Wiecek book, extremely inexpensive used copies can be found on line). * A small number of copies of each of these books will be available in the library reserve stacks, along with a few copies of Bailyn, et al., The Great Republic, volume 2 (4th ed., 1992). * We will read a substantial amount from The Great Republic book, so if you are able to obtain a reasonably-priced used copy of this book, purchase is highly recommended.

First Class Readings

For our first class session please read: (1) Melvin I. Urofsky and Paul Finkelman, A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States, Volume *I*, at 423-27, 429-36 (2d ed. 2002) ** (Note: these pages are in Volume I, rather than in Volume II which we will be using during the term. Copies of Volume I of the second edition are available in the reserve stacks in the library); and (2) Course Materials 1-6 (a PDF file containing these pages -- along with pages 7-9 -- can be found in the "Reserve Materials" subfolder of the Course Materials section of the MyWCL site for the course)


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