Law, Language & Literature (S)


This seminar will attend closely to all three arms of its triangle, both in their independence and in their interdependence. Sometimes this will be a matter of rhetoric in argument; sometimes of statutory direction and misdirection; sometimes of contested concepts such as plagiarism and copyright, or the lesser punishment visited upon unsuccessful crime; sometimes of particular legal thinkers (Herbert Hart, Ronald Dworkin); sometimes of works of art, whether verbal, musical or visual (the play Measure for Measure, the opera Das Rheingold). Substantial writing will be required, either in several short papers or in one long paper. A long paper written for the seminar is capable of satisfying the law school's third-year writing requirement upon consent of the instructors. GRADING NOTE: The CR/NC/H option is available for Law Students only. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 12 JD students. Class is cross-listed for graduate students in the Editorial Institute. ** 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.