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219.4T sec. 001 - Courts, Lawyers and Justice in Film (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Laurent Mayali  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    Tu 3:35 PM - 6:15 PM
    Location: Law 132
    From January 14, 2020
    To April 24, 2020

Course Start: January 14, 2020
Course End: April 24, 2020
Class Number: 31480

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 81
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 81
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

This course will examine comparatively the representation of judicial process and the image of the legal profession in films in various countries. Courtroom dramas constitute an enduring and distinctive staple of American film culture. We will explore how this dramatic fiction influences a popular conception of justice that corresponds to a distinct model of civil society and is not simply limited to the resolution of disputes. Discussions will be based on partial or full 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 forum, and the depiction of the relationship between legal rules, judicial process, and moral values.
Class requirement includes one 15-20 page paper. Participation in class discussion will count for 20% of the final grade. Choice of paper topics is not limited to films, countries and topics discussed in class.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This is an Option 1 class; two Option 1 classes fulfill the J.D. writing requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: General Courses

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