Law and Social Change Seminar

This course exposes students to the principles, values, and strategies involved in social justice lawyering in a range of areas, with a special focus on issues that affect poor and marginalized communities in Baltimore City. The first half of the semester will introduce the landscape of social justice work and the range of public interest lawyering strategies used by attorneys, in collaboration with others, to accomplish legal reform and social change (including litigation, community organizing, policy advocacy, public education, and conflict resolution). In the second half of the semester, students will study the application of these strategies to different legal practice areas. The course will be taught by a collaborative of faculty, coordinated by Professors Michael Pinard and Deborah Eisenberg. The course will include active discussion of readings, applied simulation activities, and a variety of short writing assignments, including reflection papers and different types of writing common in public interest practice (such as op eds, legislative testimony, and pleadings). Note: subject area coding can include: Civil Rights/Human Rights; Litigation/Advocacy; Public Interest Law/Public Policy

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course