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Mini Seminars

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 2015-16, the topics Are:

"Change the Law!" (Prof. Kate Andrias)
Detroit: Pre and Post Bankruptcy (Prof. Dana Thompson)
Elizabeth Warren and Financial Reform (Prof. Alicia Davis)
Wellness for Lawyers (Prof. Nicole Appleberry)

Year-Round (Fall/Winter)
Collecting Art: Museums and the Law (Prof. Carl Schneider)
Contagion (Prof. Nick Bagley & Prof. Kristina Daugirdas)
Outsiders: Memoir and the Fault Lines of Identity
     (Prof. Martha Jones & Prof. Julian Mortenson)
The Stories Behind the Supreme Court Cases (Prof. Beth Wilensky)
Theater and the Moral Foundations of the Law (Prof. Doug Kahn & Prof. J.J. Prescott)

Please see the F15 Mini-Seminar Series document for "Fall only" and "Fall/Winter" mini-seminar descriptions, meeting times, and special registration instructions.

Upper Class:
Assholes, Bullshit, and the Law (Prof. Scott Hershovitz)
#EmploymentLaw: Employment Law and Social Media (Prof. Margaret Hannon)
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Does International Law Matter? (Prof. Steve Ratner)
"The Wire" (Prof. Sonja Starr)

An announcement with descriptions for "Winter only" upper-class mini-seminars, meeting times, and special registration instructions will be placed on MLaw Live the day after the Winter 2016 drop/add period ends.

1L Fall Starters:
Anatomy of a Supreme Court Case (Prof. Rich Friedman)
Career Paths in Public Interest Law (Prof. Margo Schlanger & Prof. Sam Bagenstos)
Law(yer)-Bashing and the Rule of Law (Prof. Don Herzog)

An announcement with descriptions for "Winter only" first-year mini-seminars, meeting times, and special registration instructions will be placed on MLaw Live the day after the Winter 2016 drop/add period ends.

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