The focus of this course is law, lawyers and legal systems. Students are invited to consider the nature of their activities within that system and society at large by reading plays and other theatrical works and helping to produce a play. Law students often ask themselves questions such as who am I, why am I here in law school and what is the point of it all. Students will be offered some paths toward answering these and other questions, e.g., Do legal systems shape societies or are they merely a reflection of them? In no other legal system, including other common law jurisdictions, do lawyers play as great a role as they do in the United States. Why is this so and is it a good thing? Lawyers help clients achieve desired outcomes by structuring the legality of transactions, but do they also structure the morality of them as well? Does the lawyer centered, adversarial method of trial produce the most efficient and/or most just outcomes? The course invites students to critically examine much of what we assume or take for granted about our legal system, including the major moral and ethical premises of our legal system. Students will translate what they learn into a theatrical work that will be presented to an audience. This will provide a secondary public forum for discussing and analyzing the major course issues and engaging the public in this analysis.
|581D (CRN: 24866) Credits: 2|
Spring, 2014 (Twilight).