Law and Social Change Seminar

This course exposes students to the principles, values, and strategies involved in lawyering for social change 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 students to the range of strategies and methods used by attorneys, in collaboration with others, to accomplish legal reform and social change (including litigation, community organizing and community advocacy, policy advocacy, legislation, public education, and conflict resolution). One focus of the first half of the course will be on housing law reforms, with students following these reforms into Baltimore City’s Rent Court, which adjudicates eviction cases. In the second half of the semester, students will study the application of reform and change strategies in different legal practice areas, including Environmental Law, Immigration, Criminal Law and Voting Rights. The course will be taught primarily by Professors Leigh Goodmark and Michael Millemann, with the active participation of other clinical law faculty members and outside advocates, including lawyers and community leaders. The course will include active discussion of readings, applied simulation activities, and some writing assignments.

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