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White Hall 103
This course focuses on the institutional history, processes and behaviors associated with the United States Supreme Court. It is NOT a constitutional law course and cases will only be treated to illustrate points. Greater attention will be given to such questions as shifts in the jurisdiction of the court over-time, changes in the structure (e.g. size) of the court, the selections of justices, structures for processing of cases (e.g. certiorari decisions, oral argument.), groups interacting with the court (e.g. the Solicitor General, legal lobbyists, the Supreme Court Bar) and theories concerning the factors influencing the decision-making of judges.
Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources
- 1997. The Choices Justices Make. ISBN: 9781568022260.CQ Press.
- 2009. The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process. ISBN: 9780691143521.Princeton University Press.
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