Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Defamation, Privacy, Publicity and Celebrity

660 | 2.0 credits


This course provides an overview of the law of defamation and related privacy torts. Tensions between the individual’s interest in reputation and society's interest in First Amendment freedoms will be examined, and the ways in which the courts have attempted to strike a balance between the two will be evaluated. The course will also cover the practical considerations of libel litigation with special emphasis on cases involving public figure plaintiffs and media defendants ranging from tabloid to television.