This course focuses on the law relating to civil liberties—specifically the areas of criminal defendants’ rights and freedom of expression. It is centered around two questions: first, how, and to what extent, should we as a society protect the rights of the criminally accused; second, what are the normative justifications for freedom of expression, and what, if any, restraints should be placed upon this right? We use the case law method. I also employ both the Socratic Method and “cold calling” as described below. This course is not a prerequisite for law school. However, because this course covers some of the material as would a law school course, and because I use pedagogical methods similar to law professors, this course should provide you with some familiarity as to what law school courses are like.
- Teacher: Todd Lochner