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The Life & Legal Career of John Marshall
Call Number: 25525
Course Number: 6915-10
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 2
Semester Offered: Spring
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None
Course Overview: The course examines the life of John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States from 1801 until 1835, and the early development of the United States Supreme Court and constitutional interpretation. Course readings include the biography of Marshall by Jean Edward Smith, John Marshall: Definer of a nation, Marshall's judicial opinions and other material. The course consists of weekly sessions of two hours each, examining Marshall's life, and concentrating on the years of his Chief Justiceship. Each student will be assigned an aspect of Marshall's life and career upon which to make an hour-long presentation and write a paper not less than 20 pages.
Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: Professorial lecture and class discussion. Each student will make a presentation based on the assigned student paper.
Written Assignments: Each student will write a paper on an assigned topic dealing with the life and judicial decisions of John Marshall. Papers must be not less than 20 pages in length, and may be submitted in fulfillment of the upper-class writing requirement.
Type of Exam: No examination will be given.
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Student papers and presentations. Grade may be enhanced through class participation.