American Legal Thought Since 1880

Spring 2014

HIUS 3756

American Legal Thought Since 1880

Charles W. McCurdy

This course explores the main patterns of American legal thought since publication of The Common Law by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.  Emphasis will be on private law.  Virtually all assignments will be in primary sources, and virtually all class sessions will be devoted to discussion of works that all have read or to student presentations of works that only they (and the instructor) have read.  There will be very few lectures.

Weekly reading assignments will average 150 pages per week.  Students will make at least three presentations during the term.  Three or four papers will be required.

Prior enrollment in HIUS 3752 or HIUS 3753 is strongly recommended.


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