Scribner Seminar Program
Law, Religion, and Society
Instructor(s): Chris Kopec, Management & Business
Do public school students have to pray before an athletic competition because the
coach wants them to? Conversely, can those students start a public school Bible Study
group? Does a Muslim woman have any recourse if her civil lawsuit is dismissed by
a judge because she is wearing a headscarf that obscures most of her face? Can the
Ten Commandments be posted on the walls of public buildings? Questions such as these
have been faced by the courts, and the culture, since the founding of our republic.
Students in this seminar explore the place of religion in our society as it has been
addressed, shaped, and interpreted by the courts, the Constitution, and the American
people. Students themselves will address these issues as they actively engage in discussion
and writing, conduct a mock trial, participate in debates, compose legal briefs and
craft trial strategies.