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Law School and Beyond: Understanding the Supreme Court and Sources of American Law

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December 14, 2020


December 16, 2020






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Law School and Beyond: Understanding the Supreme Court and Sources of American Law

This three-day workshop is designed to introduce students in all disciplines to the study of Supreme Court jurisprudence and the interpretation of American legal materials. The first session, “How to Read a Supreme Court Opinion,” is a law-school-style Socratic discussion guiding participants to develop strategies for reading and analyzing published Supreme Court decisions. We will focus on historic First Amendment case law including Brandenburg, Tinker, and Mosley. The second session, “The Supreme Court and Legal Sources,” will help participants hone their skills by examining how the Supreme Court interprets and applies different sources of law, including the Constitution, federal and state statutes, the Supreme Court’s own precedents, state court decisions, and international law. The final session, “Law School and Legal Reasoning,” will explore the unique features of American legal education – in particular the Socratic method and common-law reasoning – and debate what it means to learn to think like a lawyer.

This workshop is ideal for students of all levels and backgrounds who are pre-law or curious about law school and legal practice, those who are interested in using legal materials in their academic work, and anyone who wants to learn more about the Supreme Court and its role in defining “what the law is” in the contemporary United States.

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Session Details:

Monday, December 14, 2020 - 1:00pm-2:15pm

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 1:00pm-2:15pm

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 - 1:00pm-2:15pm

Participants Welcomed:



Emily Rap