4 short essay

Each short essay should be about 2 pages Double space

Please do your very best on this and check everything after you finished.

Each essay should use at least 3 sources from the reading list.

Make sure not to repeat yourself, each one should write different things.

Be bold! Feel free to disagree with your professor!

Make sure you have a thesis, introduction and conclusion!

And don’t hesitate to state your personal opinion, but be sure to back it up with evidence and to acknowledge the counter-evidence


Since the writing of footnote 4 in Carolene Products, the US Supreme Court has generally, though not always, upheld economic and social welfare legislation, and claimed a special responsibility for the judiciary in reviewing legislation that might impair civil rights and civil liberties. Briefly indicate how that post fn. 4 mission compares with the mission the Court set for itself between Reconstruction and Carolene Products, and use the remainder of your time to examine fully how well the Court fulfilled the mission it set out for itself in Carolene Products during the eras of the Warren, Burger, and Rehnquist Courts.


“Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges” or “Inter Arma Silent Leges” is often translated as “In times of war, law falls silent.”How accurately does this phrase describe the US Supreme Court’s role in World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror?(Note: while your professor has suggested it does, you may not agree!)


The Constitution was written to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”How well has it succeeded in doing that since the Civil War? Begin by defining what liberty means to you, then telling us about how the idea of liberty has changed over time, then answer the rest of the question, realizing that it requires you to address the work of the Executive and Legislative Branches, as well as the Supreme Court’s reacti5ons to that work. You can cover the period from the Civil War through 1937 quite quickly; focus the bulk of your essay on the period since 1937. Which branch do you think has functioned most effectively to secure the blessings of liberty over time–the Executive, Congress or the Judiciary?Is the Constitution still of use to us?


We have taken an externalist approach to the Supreme Court, the legal profession, legal education and legal thought since the Civil War in this course and treated them all as interrelated reflections of developments in the larger world. (Think, for example, of the interrelated changes in the legal profession, law schools, and Supreme Court during the 1960s). We have further assumed that the relationship between all these actors/cases/events/ institutions and the larger world has been especially important at times when the Court has become a lightning rod in politics.(Just a few examples out of many possible ones that come to mind include, but are not limited to, periods when the Court has been under attack from liberals and conservatives, the Court Packing fight, judicial confirmation battles, impeachment, the abortion wars, and Bush v. Gore). Choose SEVEN /actors/cases/events/institutions (at least one of which must come from before 1937) from the history of the Supreme Court, legal education, legal thought, and the legal profession on which to focus that illustrate the externalist perspective.Your thesis statement and introduction should indicate how, if at all, law has reflected reflected political, social or economic developments and whether it should do so.

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