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LAWS 6685 Judicial Decision-Making (Fall: 2 )

Course Description

This seminar explores judicial decision making in the trial and appellate courts. Drawing on written decisions and related readings, this class is a study of many facets of judicial decision making, including but not limited to the following: - The craft of the written decision; - The challenges of saying too much or too little; - Why certain issues are particularly difficult for judges; - The interaction between trial court and appellate court decisions; - What is explainable and unexplainable about judicial decision making; - How judicial philosophy and judicial process affect decision making; - Factors that should not affect decision making; and - What works and does not work in judicial decisions. Through the study of these and similar issues, the students will hopefully become more informed critics of judicial decision making and more effective advocates in court.


Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17