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212.9 sec. 001 - Love, Lawyering, and Liberation (Fall 2022)

Instructor: Seema N Patel  
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
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From October 17, 2022
To November 28, 2022

Course Start: October 17, 2022
Course End: November 28, 2022

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 12
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 02/17 06:39 AM

What do law, love, and liberation have in common? From a traditional, doctrinal law perspective, love and liberation are frameworks that are not commonly applied to the study and exploration of lawyering and professional identity. And yet, innumerable visionary, affirmative, creative, abolitionist perspectives on law and lawyering have emerged in recent decades. This course will apply those texts and directives, explore how radical Black and other feminist lawyers of color have effectuated social change, and study their calls on emerging lawyers to do the same. The class will survey a series of liberatory and abolitionist law frameworks and draw on law review articles, books, prose, and selected works of art and poetry to interrogate how emerging lawyers might envision their role as social change agents. Drawing on bell hooks’s Teaching to Transgress, adrienne marie brown’s Emergent Strategy, Kimberle Crenshaw’s intersectionality framework, and the long-curated (living) bibliography of movement lawyering texts, students will develop and apply critical analysis to what it means to lawyer in the service of liberation struggles and to practice law in a way that is affirmative, creative, and hopeful, while being rooted in resistance, movement, and structural change.

This course will include short readings, guest speakers, written reflections and discussion, and a 5-8 page final reflection paper.

Please Note: Enrollment in this course is by application only. If you wish to apply, please send an email to Seema N. Patel ( and an application form will be sent to you. Applications are due by June 30 and students will be notified of their admission into the course no later than July 18th.

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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Race and Law

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