The Supreme Court: Theory and Practice is an introduction to the U.S. Supreme Court as an institution, with a focus on research on the Court (both legal and social scientific) and popular writings on the Court. Readings during the first half of the course explore presidential nominations to the Court; the Justices’ deliberative processes; the relationship between the Court and the elected branches of government, and among Justices; the role of the Solicitor General; amici; law clerks; and the phenomenon of "ideological drift." 

The second half of the course features an in-depth study of cases pending before the Court, including the opportunity to analyze, argue, and draft opinions in pending cases.