Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Law and Society Seminar

731 | 2.0 credits


This course will introduce students to academic writing on law from the perspective of such disciplines as sociology, psychology, economics, anthropology, history, and literature. The class will meet once a week for two hours and will devote itself to the discussion of readings for the week. Standard reading will consist of one or two law review-type articles each week, chosen for their clarity, readability, and for their actual impact on the substance and practice of the law. Students will each write a term paper (ca. 20 pp.), reviewing the literature on a topic of their choice, to be chosen in consultation with the professor. Part of the course reading will consist of writings about the craft of writing, and students will receive lots of individual help on their writing. The class should be especially useful for students who are on law review, who are thinking about teaching law themselves, who would like help with their writing generally, or who would like to think about law from some other perspective than rules and doctrine.