Spring 2013
5376 Colloquium - HOFFMANL- 16109

Professor(s): Lonny Hoffman (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Procedure and Practice 

Time: 12:00p-2:00p  ThLocation: Heritage Room 

Course Outline: COLLOQUIUM


I. Basic Premise of Course

The idea for the colloquium is inspired by the New York University model. The basic premise of this colloquium is student-centered. It reflects an attempt to create, to use NYU’s description of its comparable course-offerings, a “cooperative enterprise” regarding scholarship in which students and teachers work collaboratively. Students benefit from being exposed to scholarly analytic treatment and discussion of a subject in ways that few other, if any, law school classes can provide. For the faculty participants, the opportunity to present and defend their work before a core group of talented students who have read carefully and thoughtfully in advance offers an occasion for a thorough examination of their presented work.

II. Structure of Course

The colloquium brings together law faculty members from different schools around the country. A small group of students are eligible to take the course for credit and each week meet to discuss a substantially completed work-in-progress. Others (including the rest of the UHLC faculty, and others in the UHLC community) are welcome to join the weekly discussion. Prior to the class meeting, students are required to read the completed work or draft and come prepared to discuss, analyze, comment upon and critique the paper which the faculty member will present at the colloquium. Every other week, enrolled students write papers commenting on the author’s work. Those papers are then given to the guest faculty participants at the end of the class.

III. Class Size, Student Requirements and Grading

The three credit hour course is limited to twenty five students. It meets once a week on Thursdays, from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room. To satisfy the course requirements, in addition to reading the papers and coming to class prepared to discuss them, students are required to write commentaries of 4-5 pages in length addressing the presented papers. Student papers are due prior to the presentation by the guest faculty speakers. Papers must discuss the thesis of the presented scholarship, critically analyze whether its author succeeds in his/her objectives and raise any questions that the student thinks are relevant. At the beginning of the semester, the instructor will discuss in greater detail the requirements for these papers, distribute a model student paper from a prior year, and work with students on preparing a practice paper.

In total, students write five papers in the semester. Class participation counts for one-fifth of the total grade; the written memoranda are worth the other fourth-fifths. The class does not satisfy the UHLC’s seminar writing requirement.

Our first class is on Thursday, January 17. We will meet to discuss the basic structure of this course: how it works, what is expected of you, etc. I will distribute the first paper at least two weeks before that class meeting (and will try to keep up that distribution schedule all semester).

IV. Spring 2013 Presenters

Specific paper topics, and the accompanying papers, will be posted when received.

January 24 Eric Posner (Chicago)
January 31 Darrell Miller (Cincinnati)
February 7 Cesar Garcia (Capital)
February 21 Karen Rothenberg (Maryland)
February 28 Peter Huang (Colorado)
March 7 Sergio Campos (Miami)
March 21 Angela Harris (U C Davis)
March 28 Stefanie Lindquist (Texas)
April 4 Josh Chafetz (Cornell)
April 11 Simona Grossi (Loyola Los Angeles)

Course Syllabus: Syllabus pdf

Course Notes: Quota = 25  No book required.

Prerequisites: No  

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement: No