This seminar will focus on the legal and sociological literature dealing with the intersection between the law and the working poor. We will read and analyze the work of William Julius Wilson, Amartya Sen, Kathryn Edin and others as we focus on four basic topics: gender, work and poverty; race, work and poverty; education, work and poverty; and law reform in aid of the working poor. A research paper is required; students may fulfill the certification requirements for graduation. During the term, each student will present a draft of his/her work to the class for critique and discussion. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.