Below you will find sample examination questions for CJS/LGS/SOC 321


Below are sample quiz questions from the last time the class was taught.

1.According to Grossman, Kritzer and Maccaulay, (“Do the ‘Haves’ Still Come Out Ahead?”) in what type of cases are the advantages of repeat players maximized?  Explain.

2. According to Coglianese (“Litigating within Relationships”) what did the classic study by Macaulay find about disputes occurring in a business relationship?  In particular, what role did he find that the formalities of contract law played? Explain.

3.According to Nielsen, (“Situating Legal Consciousness: Experiences and Attitudes of Ordinary Citizens about Law and Street Harassment”) does the public favor regulation of offensive public speech of various kinds?  Explain.

Below are sample final examination questions that came from the actual final examination given the last time the class was taught. The last is an example of the "long essays" that appear on the final.


1. Identify one argument in favor of the death penalty which has elements of social science and one argument opposed to the death penalty that has elements of social science.  Explain the elements of social science in each case.

2. What is are mediation and arbitration.  How are they similar and how are they different?  Explain.

3. States are required by law to redraw the boundaries of congressional and legislative districts after each national census (every ten years) so as to keep the population of all districts close to equal.  Most states have their state legislatures redraw the boundaries.  It has been suggested that allowing state legislatures to redraw boundaries of congressional districts and legislative districts gives too much of an advantage to incumbent office holders, i.e. makes it too easy for them to be re-elected.  What kinds of theories of the law could be used to explain this?  What kinds of data would help shed light on whether it is really a problem and how would we collect such data?  If you were to conclude from the data that this is a real problem, what kinds of legal changes might solve the problem, who would advocate such changes and who would oppose them?  How likely is it that they would be adopted?  Why?