Graduate Courses

Law 9001/9011 Approaches to Legal Scholarship

The purpose of this course, together with its companion course, Guided Study and Research Methodology (Law 9002/9012), is to equip students with the tools required to prepare a graduate thesis and to assist students in their development as legal scholars.

This course will expose students to a wide array of prevailing schools of legal theory, with the goal of helping students situate their graduate research within one or more of those prevailing schools of thought.

Law 9002/9012 Guided Study and Research Methodology

The purpose of this course, together with its companion course, Approaches to Legal Scholarship (Law 9001/9011), is to equip students with the tools required to prepare a graduate thesis and to assist students in their development as legal scholars. Specifically, this course will help students (a) define the questions to be answered through their theses, and (b) examine research methodologies that assist scholars working in particular areas of law or within specific theoretical frameworks.

The overall goal of this course is to familiarize students with the process of graduate-level legal research, and to allow students to examine the impact of research methodology upon legal theory and scholarship. A secondary goal of this course is to provide students with a forum to discuss their ongoing research.

Law 9003/9013 Graduate Colloquium

This seminar course builds on the skills developed in Approaches to Legal Scholarship (Law 9001/9011) and Guided Study and Research Methodology (Law 9002/9012). Each student will present to the colloquium his or her thesis proposal and a draft chapter from the thesis.

In addition to furthering the development of each student's thesis, this course will emphasize skills required in an oral presentation, be it in a classroom or conference setting.