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219.4T sec. 1 - Courts, Lawyers, and Justice in Film (Spring 2012)

Instructor: Laurent Mayali  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-6:15
Meeting Location: 132

Course Start: January 10, 2012
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49559


This course will examine the representation of judicial process and the image of the legal profession in films. Court room dramas constitute an enduring and distinctive staple of American film culture . We will explore how this dramatic fiction influence a popular conception of justice that corresponds to a definite model of civil society and is not simply limited to the resolution of disputes. Discussions will be based on partial screening and analysis of films produced within the last fifty years. In addition to discussing forms of representation of the adjudication process we will examine the role of lawyers and judges, their social status, the political function of courts as public arenas, and the depiction of the relationship between legal rules, truth and morality. In examining the representation of lawyers as heroes or villains we will also focus on ethical rules of professional conduct and their purported violations.
The 20 pages paper might be expanded in order to satisfy the writing requirement and the course will satisfy the professional responsibility requirement.

This course satisfies the Professional Responsibility Requirement.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Law and Society

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