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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

GOVT 86.40 Law and Society

This seminar examines some of the myriad relationships between courts, laws, lawyers and the larger society in the U.S.  Issues covered include legal consciousness, judicial biases, the role of rights, access to courts, legal education and the legal profession, and implementation of judicial decisions.  It is not a law course.  No judicial decisions are assigned.

The substantive goal of the seminar is to help you develop a more sophisticated and deeper understanding of the ways in which laws, lawyers, judges and courts actually interact with people’s day-to-day lives.  In addition, through class discussion and papers, the seminar aims to sharpen your ability to effectively communicate your ideas.  Part of effective communication is improving your ability to disagree with others without being disagreeable, to express your views in ways that respect others and open, rather than, close discussion.




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