This one-credit year-long readings course explores different approaches to American law that have fallen under the heading of ‘conservatism.’ Over the course of the year, students will gain an appreciation of the debates and disagreements among conservative thinkers, both as to general theories and specific subjects. The course will meet on occasional Wednesday evenings, approximately once a month, in two-hour sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. Sessions will alternate between the professors’ houses in Apex and Chapel Hill. Each student will be expected to participate with knowledge of the extensive readings, and two-page response papers will be due 24 hours before each meeting. (Students taking the course in conjunction with an independent study paper may be exempted from the response-paper requirement.) Grading will be on a credit/no-credit basis.