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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 2014-15, the topics Are:

Children at Our Borders: How Should Our Legal System Respond to the Surge 
     of Unaccompanied Children (Prof. Bridgette Carr & Prof. Vivek Sankaran)
Legislating and Litigating to Combat Slavery and Human Trafficking:
     From the Historical to the Modern (Prof. Rebecca Scott)
Theater and the Moral Foundations of the Law (Prof. Doug Kahn & Prof. J.J. Prescott)
Wall Street (Prof. Michael Barr)

Year-Round (Fall/Winter)
Business Development for Law Firm Associates (Prof. Robert Hirshon)
Reading Banned Books for Credit (Prof. Len Niehoff)
Social Enterprise, Urban Entrepreneurship and Legal Approaches for Social
     Transformation (Prof. Dana Thompson)
Work/Life Balance (Prof. Gil Seinfeld & Prof. Debra Chopp)

Please see the F14 Mini-Seminar Series document for "Fall only" and "Fall/Winter" mini-seminar descriptions, meeting times, and special registration instructions.

Upper Class:
Baseball and the Law (Prof. Scott Hershovitz)
Blame Canada! (Prof. John Pottow)
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Does International Law Matter? (Prof. Steve Ratner)
Reefer Madness: The Evolving Landscape of Marijuana Laws
     (Prof. Howard Bromberg and Prof. Mark Osbeck)

Please see the W15 Mini-Seminar Series (Upper Class) document for "Winter only" upper-class mini-seminar descriptions, meeting times, and special registration instructions.

1L Fall Starters:
Law(yer)-Bashing and the Rule of Law (Prof. Don Herzog)
Why Have Borders? (Prof. James Hathaway)

Please see the W15 Mini-Seminar Series (1L Fall Starters) document for "Winter only" first-year mini-seminar descriptions, meeting times, and special registration instructions.

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