Law and Social Science

Law 381



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



This course addresses the various ways that work from the social sciences informs legal problems. We cover several areas where social science intersects with law. Topics include the death penalty, felon disenfranchisement, educational testing, employment discrimination, and redistricting. In each area, we will examine three broad questions: (1) is there any challenge that the research from other disciplines poses on lawyers as they seek to resolve legal problems? (2) What are the standards and skills lawyers ought to apply in assessing scholarship from other disciplines? (3) What can the social science disciplines "learn" from their interaction with legal institutions?

This course will serve as an ideal capstone course for most students. It will also be of significant personal value to most students as well as being of value to students who are likely to be involved in a practice which focuses on providing advice to individuals in the conduct of their personal lives.

Constitutional Law is required. But a working familiarity with at least one social science discipline would be helpful.

UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106

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