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The Jurisprudence and Scholarship of Richard Posner Seminar

This seminar will dive into the work of perhaps the best-known contemporary legal intellectual with weekly readings of Judge Posner's most cited and influential opinions and scholarly works. The course will begin with a brief look at some of his strongest influences: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Judge Learned Hand, and Judge Henry Friendly. We will then explore his contribution to the Law & Economics movement in the 1970s and 80s, before moving chronologically up through his more contemporary contributions. Students will be required to write seven five-page response papers to the weekly readings and to give one classroom presentation. Limited Enrollment.