Lawyers & American Film (SD 436)


This discussion-based class explores how film affects lawyers and the practice of law. We will address how the movie have shaped public perception of the law and ultimately changed the legal profession. We will also examine movies' depictions of lawyers, courts, and other legal vehicles to determine their accuracies, inaccuracies, and the message they ultimately send to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Primarily, we will be usingmovies as our texts; students also will read theoretical writings on the connections between law and film. Students write a series of short papers on various assigned films, give a presentation on one of the assigned films, and must analyze a film or other relevant topic for a final paper. These papers may satisfy the Upper Level Writing Requirement with professor approval.


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