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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hogwarts College of Law

Ah, the things that come up over lunch with faculty colleagues. And now we can pose them to the blog community:

What are the law school equivalents to all of the different courses offered at Hogwarts (Defense Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Spells, etc.)?

Posted by Howard Wasserman on September 10, 2011 at 09:57 AM in Culture, Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


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Ancient Runes = Legal History?

By the way, someone told me he thinks the older part of Northwestern Law very closely resembles Hogwarts, and I totally agree. (And there's even a statue in the courtyard that could pass for Professor Flitwick.)

Posted by: MJL | Sep 11, 2011 5:09:40 PM

I'd think Conlaw has the most in common with Divination. . .

Posted by: andy | Sep 11, 2011 2:53:15 AM

flying=legal rhetoric


Bar exam=NEWTS

Posted by: granger | Sep 11, 2011 1:54:46 AM

Love this question. Of course, I happen to be rereading the Harry Potter series, so perhaps I am biased.

Might I suggest Ancient Runes = Conflict of Laws?

Posted by: Emiy | Sep 11, 2011 12:10:32 AM

Oh, and as for electives, I'd say:

arithmancy - federal courts.

care of magical creatures - any clinical course.

muggle studies - any course beginning with "Law And".

divination - trusts and estates

ancient runes - I'm stuck here. Comparative international law?

Posted by: km | Sep 10, 2011 12:17:32 PM

The first year curriculum would have to map up with the required classes, I think. I'd say:

criminal law - defense against the dark arts (fighting the powers of darkness, be that criminals or prosecutors, depending on your perspective).

property - transfiguration (tea kettle-> hamster = squatter -> legitimate owner through adverse possession).

civil procedure - potions (keep your complaint boiling on the burner for ten days before adding shredded service of process!).

con law - history of magic (one arcane, focused version of history is much like another).

torts - charms (a sound grasp of charms is an important client-generation tool for the potential tort lawyer).

Posted by: km | Sep 10, 2011 12:12:53 PM

Defense Against the Dark Arts = wills and estates (planning for death)
Potions = IP course (better get a patent on that potion)
Spells = criminal law/criminal procedure (do you have a good defense attorney?)

Posted by: sb | Sep 10, 2011 11:02:48 AM

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