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221.73 sec. 001 - Writing Workshop: Law, Inequality, and Social Change (Fall 2018)

Instructor: Kathryn Abrams  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Ian F. Haney-López  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3


    M 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
    Location: Law 134
    From August 20, 2018
    To November 30, 2018

Course Start: August 20, 2018
Course End: November 30, 2018

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 14
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 16
As of: 06/11 02:26 PM

This co-taught course introduces students to the practice of legal writing, with a specific focus: we will be reading and writing about topics related to inequality, with special though not exclusive attention to issues of concern to Latino communities, and as addressed by law and by social movements that aim to transform the law. It is open to students who are considering entering legal academics, students who want supervision in writing a major research paper, note, or comment for a legal journal, and students who want to explore new approaches and forms for writing about law and inequality. We will begin by studying examples of legal scholarship in several genres that address inequality, including doctrinal work, feminist legal theory, critical race theory, queer theory, and humanistic and empirically grounded law and society work. We will then discuss with a range of Berkeley faculty their processes of scholarly production, including by inviting presentations by main-campus scholars focused on Latino and other issues. The seminar will focus on building writing skills, including learning how to work collaboratively on writing projects.

Professor Abrams is especially interested in working with students pursuing long-form writing projects, and such students should enroll in the seminar with some well-considered ideas about a topic. Professor Haney López is especially interested in working with students involved in the La Raza Law Journal as they consider modernizing the journal by moving to include shorter formats, for instance 300-500 word cover notes with links to important news stories or law suits; 1000-word editorials; short personal reflections; edited interviews with alums working on cutting-edge issues; and reports from relevant projects being undertaken in Berkeley's clinical programs. Many classes will be taught with both groups participating jointly; some classes will be taught as special focus sessions for these smaller groups. (Students may contact the instructors with questions.)

Additional enrollment by permission of instructors. Please email Profs. Abrams and Haney Lopez by August 16, with a statement of interest.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class fulfills Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement for all students in the course. All students must write 30 pages and complete a draft.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest

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