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 2017-18, the topics Are:
FallHard Feelings (Prof. Scott Hershovitz)Legal Organizations and Their Funding Models (Prof. Maureen Carroll)Promoting Social Justice Through Intergroup Dialogue (Prof. Suellyn Scarnecchia)Social Movements in the Internet Age (Prof. Samuel Bagenstos)
Year-Round (Fall/Winter)The Anatomy of a Supreme Court Case (Prof. Richard Friedman)Business Development for Law Firm Associates (Prof. Robert Hirshon)Exploring Education Law Through Fiction & Film (Prof. Debra Chopp)Possible Futures for Capitalism (Prof. Gabriel Rauterberg)Social Justice Lawyering (Prof. Alicia Alvarez & Prof. Samir Hanna)Please see the F17 Mini-Seminar Series document for "Fall only" and "Fall/Winter" mini-seminar descriptions, meeting times, and special registration instructions.WinterUpper Class:Clones, Climate, and Computers: Science Fiction and the Law (Prof. Nicholson Price)Documentary Work, Youth, and the Law (Prof. Frank Vandervort)#Employment Law: Employment Law and Social Media (Prof. Margaret Hannon)The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Does International Law Matter at All? (Prof. Steve Ratner)An announcement with descriptions for "Winter only" upper-class mini-seminars, meeting times, and special registration instructions will be placed on MLaw Live on the first day of classes for the Winter 2018 term.1L Fall Starters:Abraham Lincoln and Legal Ethics (Prof. Ted Becker)My Cousin Vinny (Prof. Tim Pinto)Of Mockingbirds and Finches: Justice, Idealism, and the Law (Prof. Kate Andrias)An announcement with descriptions for "Winter only" first-year mini-seminars, meeting times, and special registration instructions will be placed on MLaw Live on the first day of classes for the Winter 2018 term. These mini-seminars will start no earlier than the week of January 29.
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