The Public Law Workshop is intended to expose students to current scholarship in the public law area and to offer students an opportunity to learn about the scholarly enterprise more generally. Past year's Workshops have focused on issues such as federalism and democratic institutions in an age of polarization. The focus for Spring 2016 has not yet been determined.
The Workshop is structured around presentations of working papers by leading public law scholars. In the week or two prior to a presentation, we will read cases, scholarship, and other materials addressing the subject of the working paper and discuss these materials in a standard seminar format. For the presentations by outside scholars, students are expected to read the paper and to participate in the discussion, which may be joined by other faculty members.
Students will be required to write approximately five short response papers, at least two of which must be for weeks with presentations, and to complete a 25-page final paper.