Christopher Beauchamp

Assistant Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7551 |  Email
Areas of Expertise
Patents
Copyright
Legal History
Education
B.A.,M.Phil.
Ph.D. Cambridge University

American Legal History

This course provides an introduction to the legal history of the United States. The main objective of the class is to provide perspective with which we, as lawyers, can understand the legal world in which we operate and evaluate the changes that will continue to take place during our own professional lifetimes. As a secondary theme, we will also discuss the many uses of history in present-day legal argument. Topics will include slavery and civil rights, religious freedom, the laws of war, economic regulation, the law of sex, sexuality, and marriage, and the development of the modern legal profession. Readings will include both primary historical sources and commentary by modern courts and scholars. No particular background in history is required.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Take-home exam.

Patent Law

This course serves as an introduction to patent law. We will cover the conditions for obtaining a valid patent, the means of enforcing patents, and the defenses available to accused infringers, as well as various issues of current patent policy. This is an exciting and fast-changing area of law that now has relevance to lawyers in many forms of practice. Accordingly, the course is intended to be accessible to non-specialists as well as foundational for those who are interested in pursuing the subject further. No scientific or technical training is required to succeed in the class.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade only. Final exam.