professor
Benjamin Rosenberg

Jan 2021

This class is similar to a Law School 1L Constitutional Law Class. In it, you examine the Supreme Court and how it has shaped a role on various topics throughout American history, shaping our legal system to how it is today. It covers major topics such as the Lochner Era, Desegregation, First Amendment, The Commerce Clause, Affirmative Action, and many other topics by week. Prof. Rosenberg is a highly experienced New York lawyer, and it shows through in how he teaches the class. It is extremely well organized and he comes to class with extensive notes to help guide the discussion. The small class format lends itself to a lengthy discussion of the cases, and a 2hr time slot helps ensure that they are well discussed before moving on. Contemporary issues were welcomed into the discussion and helped enhance the discussion of these cases. The Final Paper and Outline are the only items due in the class and are open topic for whatever you choose to write about. Overall, as a History major specializing in American History, I found this class to be one of the best I have taken at Columbia, next to Prof. Colgrove's Social History of American Public Health, and Prof. Connelly's Post WW2 history course. It is interesting material, taught in a well organized manner, by someone who is an expert in their field.

Jan 2021

This class is similar to a Law School 1L Constitutional Law Class. In it, you examine the Supreme Court and how it has shaped a role on various topics throughout American history, shaping our legal system to how it is today. It covers major topics such as the Lochner Era, Desegregation, First Amendment, The Commerce Clause, Affirmative Action, and many other topics by week. Prof. Rosenberg is a highly experienced New York lawyer, and it shows through in how he teaches the class. It is extremely well organized and he comes to class with extensive notes to help guide the discussion. The small class format lends itself to a lengthy discussion of the cases, and a 2hr time slot helps ensure that they are well discussed before moving on. Contemporary issues were welcomed into the discussion and helped enhance the discussion of these cases. The Final Paper and Outline are the only items due in the class and are open topic for whatever you choose to write about. Overall, as a History major specializing in American History, I found this class to be one of the best I have taken at Columbia, next to Prof. Colgrove's Social History of American Public Health, and Prof. Connelly's Post WW2 history course. It is interesting material, taught in a well organized manner, by someone who is an expert in their field.