The final grade will be based upon (i) a thesis paper advocating the relevance of legal history on a modern legal issue, and (ii) class participation during the semester. The final grade will be calculated on a 80% (paper), 20% (participation) basis.
The thesis paper should be submitted on the last exam day of the semester. A draft may be submitted earlier (at least two weeks before the final paper is due) for purposes of feedback, brainstorming, and constructive criticism. I will always be available before and after class to go over ideas with students.
While class attendance is mandatory, absences will be overlooked if the absent student has a reasonable excuse.