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Seminar: Modern Legal Theory (LAW-722-001)
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This course will examine the relationship between law, justice and the social sciences, including political science, history, and sociology. Using the social sciences as a theoretical framework, the class will provide students with a helpful context for discovering that broad legal change does not occur simply through the work of lawyers applying legal reasoning. Instead, law evolves through a complex interaction of legal, political, economic, and social forces in the domestic and international realms. The course will place particular emphasis on the involvement of social movement actors in the evolution of constitutional and civil rights law. As such, several sessions of the course will examine the impact of feminism, the civil rights movement, anti-poverty actors, labor movement activists, and gay and lesbian advocacy upon law and legal institutions. In addition to these materials, students will examine legal sources, such as court rulings and statutes, in order to examine how politics informs legal analysis and policy. Also guest speakers from legal academia and public interest organizations will attend several sessions in order to present their experiences and research on creating legal change.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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A textbook is not required. This is a 'green' course. All readings will be posted to MyWCL.
First Class Readings
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The syllabus is available in the following format(s):