December 17, 2013

Mendelson, Cheryl Gold_nugget
[PHIL V3710] Law, Liberty, and Morality

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I'm a philosophy major and found this class philosophically rigorous and interesting.
Yes, most of the readings are dry, but what do you expect out of a law class. The first portion of the course is devoted to learning jurisprudence, building up the different legal frameworks which we will go on to apply to landmark cases like Roe v. Wade and U.S. v. Windsor. There is a lot of grunt work involved up until this point, but in the end you are equipped with the resources to analyze and critique the cases in an informed way. Trust me, it is a rewarding process.

Professor Mendelson knows her stuff, and I only have the deepest respect for her. She is always available for her students, and it is clear that she really cares about the material. Speaking of which, I find it refreshing that she is not shy about her personal opinions. In classes dealing with political issues, I think it is more pedagogically effective if the professor is transparent about where she stands. And she emphasized over and over again that our grades and her respect for us were not affected by whether we agreed with her.

For the sake of full disclosure, I am pre-law, but I would recommend this class to anyone who is interested in learning about the topography of our legal landscape. Scratch that, I would prescribe this class to anyone who is interested in becoming an informed citizen of the United States.


A midterm, final paper, and final exam. Lots of reading, but Professor Mendelson is uncommonly reasonable and prunes the readings when necessary.