This course will explore the intersection of law with American politics
and society, how law influences society and how society influences the
law. We will consider definitions and concepts of law, the ways people
understand and perceive law and the legal system, and how they interact
with it and are impacted by it. We will look at legal structures, practices,
and institutions, as well as legal actors – judges, the legal profession,
the political class, and others. The ultimate goal is to better understand
just what is responsible for the unique American legal culture.