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219.9 sec. 001 - Law and the Greek Classics (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Burt Neuborne  (view instructor's profile)
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Units: 1

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


    M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Law 134
    From January 13, 2020
    To March 09, 2020

Course Start: January 13, 2020
Course End: March 09, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 32005
Class Number: 32005

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 34
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 39
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

Attendance at the first class is mandatory

The seminar will explore links between the Greek Classics and contemporary legal issues. Among the areas we will discuss are: Was Socrates' conviction unjust? What are the limits, if any, to free speech? Should Socrates have escaped to resist an unjust conviction? How should a contemporary lawyer confront outcomes she deems deeply unjust? What are the essential elements of a just legal system? What role should conscience play in granting exemptions to the duties of citizenship?

We will read Plato's Crito and the Apologia; MLK, Jr, Letter from the Birmingham Jail; Aeschylus, "The Eumenides" (the birth of law); and"Antigone" (the birth of conscientious objection). No prior study of the Greek classics is required. We will read the plays aloud for the aesthetic joy of it before discussing the issues. Warning - I always get to play Creon - maybe in a Trump mask.

I have taught this material at Berkeley, NYU and Stanford Law Schools.

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.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
This is a credit only course
Course Category: General Courses

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Required Books are in blue

  • Three Theban Plays
    Edition: 1984
    ISBN: 9780140444254
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $15.00
    Price Source: user provided
  • _Agamemnon The Libation Bearers The Eumenides
    Edition: 1984
    ISBN: 9780140443332
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 15.00
    Price Source: user provided

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