This course examines popular representations of law and lawyers as culturally meaningful texts. What strategies do creators use in their portrayals of the practice and its practitioners? Why has the image of the lawyer, the depiction of courtroom trials, and the conception of justice resonated so powerfully in American culture? Has the role of the profession in the popular consciousness changed over time? How relevant are issues of race, class, and gender to the way in which legal narrative is created and understood? These are but a few of the questions that we will address as we look at this narrative in fiction, film and news coverage.
Students cannot receive credit for both Law & Literature 644A and Law & Literature 644.