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Law and Literature Seminar

This seminar uses literature, poetry, essays and other writings to consider the ways in which law and literature intersect, and to broaden students' perspective on the law. We will focus primarily on the central role of law in certain works of literature; on the critical importance to both law and literature of writing well as a means of communicating effectively; and on the fundamental relevance of human relationships in both literature and the law. The seminar is structured to encourage active student participation, critical thinking and writing, and thoughtful discussion.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:
Letter grade only. Students will write a series of short papers analyzing the link between literature and the law in several of the assigned readings. Students who wish to satisfy the Upper-Class Writing Requirement may be able to write, in place of two of the short papers, a longer paper that will go through multiple drafts and otherwise meet the UCWR guidelines. There is no final exam.