One of the hallmarks of being a student at Michigan Law is the unusual level of access to and interaction with professors. The mini-seminar program takes that experience to a whole new level: If you thought you knew your favorite professors before, consider the insights you'll have after you've had dinner at their houses while their children run around in diapers. And for the reserved student who has avoided more than cursory visits to office hours, the mini-seminar presents the perfect opportunity to take advantage of one of the most special features of our community.
Implemented in 2005, the program has proved enormously popular with students and faculty alike. The mini-seminars capitalize on both the Law School's unique physical environment, where most faculty live within a stone's throw of the Quadrangle, and our ethos of collegiality, to provide a new venue for personal connections between students and faculty in a casual forum. For one ungraded credit, groups of 10 or 12 students meet with a professor (or two) over the course of a semester (or in some cases, the entire academic year) to hold provocative conversations in a series of two-hour sessions in the professor's home or some other non-classroom setting. The seminar's theme is faculty-selected—often intensively law-focused, balanced by a handful of topics that might be described as marginally legal. About 15 mini-seminars are offered each year.
For 2018-19, the topics Are:
FallHow We Work (Prof. Bridgette Carr & Prof. Vivek Sankaran)Lovable Crooks, Despicable Lawyers (Prof. Don Herzog)Rules of Play (Prof. Richard Friedman)Sherlock Holmes on Criminal Justice and Forensic Science (Prof. Imran Syed)
Year-Round (Fall/Winter)Economic Inequality (Prof. Kate Andrias)Investigating the President (Prof. Sonja Starr)Reading Banned Books for Credit (Prof. Bridget McCormack & Prof. Len Niehoff)Please see the F18 Mini-Seminar Series document for "Fall only" and "Fall/Winter" mini-seminar descriptions, meeting times, and special registration instructions.WinterUpper Class:Beyond the Headlines of the Immigration Crisis (Prof. Elizabeth Campbell)Evicted: Housing Insecurity and the Right to the City (Prof. Alicia Alvarez)How U.S., State and Local Policies Segregated America (Prof. Dana Thompson)International and Comparative Juvenile Justice (Prof. Kim Thomas)Learning the Law by Avoiding It (Prof. David Santacroce)Please see the W19 Mini-Seminar Series (Upper Class) document for "Winter only" upper-class mini-seminar descriptions, meeting times, and special registration instructions.1L Students:A Crash Course in Michigan Appellate Advocacy: Johnson v. VanderKooi, Municipal Liability, and the 4th Amendment (Prof. Ted Becker & Prof. Margaret Hannon)Regulatory Change and Regulatory Challenge: Marijuana Law and Policy in the 21st Century (Prof. Mark Osbeck)The Trolley Problem (Prof. Scott Hershovitz)Please see the W19 Mini-Seminar Series (1L) document for "Winter only" first-year mini-seminar descriptions, meeting times, and special registration instructions.
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