Contemporary Legal Theory

Class Information Spring 2020

  • 1 units
  • Class No.: 10208
  • Meets: Wednesday
  • Time: 2:15 pm - 3:55 pm
  • Location: 326
  • Exam:
  • Course Description

Michelle Oberman

Katharine and George Alexander Professor of Law

Contemporary Legal Theory

Certificate(s): Public Interest and Social Justice Law (List C)

Course Description:

In-depth examination of one or more contemporary legal theories chosen by the instructor. Check with instructor. Course may require a paper, an exam, or both.

Class Notes:

To Register for this Course:  Students will be selected for enrollment on the basis of a short written essay (250 – 400 words) expressing the reasons for their interest in this seminar.  To apply, please submit your essay to Professor Oberman by Friday, October 18.  You will learn if you have been accepted by Wednesday, October 23.

This seminar interrogates the contemporary relevance of the feminist jurisprudence of the late 20th century. Meeting for the first seven weeks of the semester in two-hour blocks, classes will alternate between close readings of classic works–on topics such as equality, sexuality, discrimination and abortion–and student-selected readings drawn from contemporary sources. This small seminar will follow a discussion format. In weeks devoted to the study of the classic works of second wave feminists, the professor will select the readings and facilitate discussion. In alternate weeks, selected students will identify readings and will facilitate discussion. Students will write weekly reflection papers following each class. Grading is on a Credit/No Credit basis.