182. Law and Popular Culture
Lecture, four hours. Focus on interface between two important subjects--law and popular culture. Students view series of films or television shows related to law, lawyers, and legal system. Discussion of pop culture treatment of subjects such as adversary system, good and bad lawyers, female lawyers, lawyers from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, minority lawyers, work life of lawyers, legal education, ethical issues, jury system, and criminal and civil justice, drawing on film theory and filmmaking technique to deepen understanding of interrelationship between law and popular culture. Illumination of ways in which pop culture products both reflect and change social views about law and lawyers. Offered in summer only. P/NP or letter grading.