Washington Center

The US Supreme Court

Day and Time: 
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
September 27 to December 6, 2018
Semester Dates: 
August 29 to December 6, 2018
Core Seminar

Gay marriage. The death penalty. Abortion. Health care. Cell phone privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court has heard cases on all of these topics in recent years, and its decisions ultimately touch the lives of all Americans. In this class we will study the Supreme Court's place in the U.S. legal system. Topics we will cover include: how a case gets to the court, the justices, the role of lawyers before the court, the purpose of oral argument, the court building and its symbolism, and media coverage of the court. At least once during the semester students will attend an oral argument, and cases currently before the court will be used as a reference point for class discussion. This class is geared not only toward anyone who is interested in the law or government service but also toward anyone interested in working on or being informed about the biggest issues of the day.


Draft Syllabus


*Requirement for ALL semester students:  

The first four weeks of this semester (August 29 to September 19) will be spent in a special topics module taught by Professor Jennifer Diascro on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. This module will account for 15% of the core seminar final course grade. See syllabus below (forthcoming). Please contact Professor Diascro (jennifer.diascro.edu) with questions. 

Professor Gresko will begin teaching the Supreme Court seminar on Thursdays, beginning September 27, and she will officially be your instructor of record for the term, responsible for computing and submitting final course grades at the end of the term.


**NO additional registration required.

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