Law and Popular Culture | L4497

Why are there so many jokes about lawyers? Why is John Grisham so popular? What explains the success of the "Law and Order" franchise? Does popular culture affect the outcomes of trials? This seminar will explore the role law plays in popular culture (for example, how law and lawyers are portrayed and perceived; how law shapes and defines pop culture) and the role popular culture plays in law and in the lives of lawyers (for example, the impact of cameras in the courtroom; should lawyers be allowed to write books and sell their clients' stories? The reading list includes traditional materials (case law and legal scholarship) as well as movies, novels and other popular culture materials. Legal Profession is not a prerequisite, but is recommended.

Prerequisites: None
Credit Hours: 3
ULW: This course does not satisfy the Upper Level Writing requirement (ULW)

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