Law & Literature (SD 304)


This seminar explores what lawyers can learn from literature. Primarily, we will address how literature can enrich our understanding of the complicated and powerful role law and lawyers play in our society. It will also examine how lawyers can benefit from literary critical techniques and understanding of narrative conventions, and whether thinking of lawyers, judges and clients as story tellers helps us to be better lawyers. The primary texts will be short stories, plays, and novels. Students may also read some judicial opinions and some theoretical writings on the connection between law and literature. Students will write a series of short papers on the assigned readings, give an oral presentation on one of the assigned readings, and prepare a final research paper. The final research paper will satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement. This course is graded non-anonymously.


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