The ultimate goal of studying foreign legal systems is to gain greater insight into one's own legal system. Films enable you to see foreign legal systems in action. The goal of this course is therefore to enable you to "read" a foreign law film and gain greater insight into U.S. criminal procedure by (1) recognizing the distinguishing features of the world's legal traditions, with a focus on criminal procedure (2) describing the legal narrative of a film and the legal tradition that is reflected in the film, and (3) evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the country's criminal procedure, from the filmmaker's point of view and from your point of view. The final grade is based on a 15-page paper (60%); mid-term exam (20%); and participation (20%)."
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