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On a lighter note [Mar. 28th, 2003|03:22 pm]
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Okay, here is one lawschool course I am DEFINITELY taking:

4. Following is a description of Law in Literature & Film, L569/1,
#5144, MW, 2:45-4:00 p.m., with Professor Inniss. The course will
satisfy the perspective requirement.

Law in Literature and Film.-- A NEW COURSE

The class covers a variety of topics in legal literature and film. We
will look at examples of law in both literature and film in order to
consider a number of questions about the relationship between law and
justice, the creation of rule regimes, and the role of courts and trials
in a social system. Other issues which may arise in the course of these
discussions are race/class/gender and the law, legal ethics, legal
education, the adversarial system, the relationship between law and
popular culture.

Course Outline

I. Course Introduction
-- Jurisprudence and the Role of Law in Literature and Film

II. Law as Literature
A. Introduction
1. Composition and Rhetoric in Law
B. The Relationship Between Principles of Statutory Analysis and
Reading Law as Literature
C. U.S. Constitution--selected sections
D. Telling Stories: textual analysis of selected cases

III. The Performative Nature of Legal Literature and Film
A. Introduction
B. Trials in Literature
C. Trials in Film

IV. Simile, Metaphor and Symbol
A. The "Law" of Magic--Literary and Film Magic as Rules Regimes
B. Law and Science Fiction

[User Picture]From: theferrett
2003-03-28 12:27 pm (UTC)
Don't come crying to me after the fifth John Grisham adaptation makes your eyes bleed.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-03-28 12:32 pm (UTC)
Law and Science Fiction, baybee! Law and Science Fiction.

And why is it that everyone has a desire to piss on my parade today? They're such teeny parades, why kill what little joy I had.

Boo to you. Now I feel sad again.

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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2003-03-28 01:25 pm (UTC)
And why is it that everyone has a desire to piss on my parade today? They're such teeny parades, why kill what little joy I had.

Sweetie, words for the wise:


Big hugs and love,
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-03-28 02:42 pm (UTC)

Clapping hands in Glee

Oh, you silly boy! Of course I don't mean to take it really, and of course I wasn't actually upset. I am just terribly amused by all this - and the notion that it would be weighed down with Grisham led to my mock-distress.

Fear not. I intend to use my hours better than this.
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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2003-03-28 02:32 pm (UTC)


You are doing excellant in your core courses, things that matter--fuck all that.


You can't say it will be useless and I think the fact that you'd ENJOY it would refresh your energy in your other required courses. And given how the media shapes EVERYTHING in society--again, I don't think it's useless when you consider how much of the population probably gets their legal info from "Law and Order" or Court TV.

(Hell, the populatity of Whopner, etc. al. is probably worth study in and of itself. Whee! Tabloid TV done best with Law!)

Take it, says I. Have FUN! SEND ME YOUR SYLLABUS!

*I'D* love to take this course!

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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2003-03-28 02:36 pm (UTC)

Re: Bullshit

Oy vey,

My writing has gone to hell and that wasn't coherant at all. (What degree am I going for again?)

Anyway, again--go for it! What's a career or degree if it can't give you pleasure in your life? I mean, you aren't in this game just for power and success, right? *eg* Or to feed off of human suffereing, which, while occasionally entertaining and provides book filler, does get old. ;)

Seriously...if it fills, if you'd like it, and as you are graduating in 5 years no matter what--I'd do it.

This from me, the often termed "professional student". :)

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-03-28 03:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Bullshit

Although the fact that John managed to get law school credit for bird-watching always made for an interesting conversational topic in interviews - rather like your Jeopardy bit. Still, I know that was different - it was related to his concentration and completely outside the law school, not an Underwater Basketweaving course in the lawschool. Fear not, dearheart. I intend to heed your advice - was never serious about it to begin with.
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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2003-03-28 06:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Bullshit

Ok. This is obviously not the career choice for me. :)

Not that I don't like serious, but it seems a very technical approach to a degree--and, yes, I do "get it", as one is basically seeking licensure. I just don't happen to like it. (I bitched about my education requirements, after all...and they aren't near as anal. Though there ARE many similiarities of conduct--stated or no.)

...Bird watching? Eep? Ok, I am a damn fine bullshit artist but ...how'd he do that? I am impressed!

I would still take the course. *grin*
Though, my degree requires me to be broadly minded and wired for b.s..

Lys-who left English because lit. criticism wasn't "real"...and has decided reality really isn't that enjoyable anyway. ;)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-03-29 08:08 pm (UTC)

Re: Bullshit

Short version: his specialty was environmental law. The class was a graduate level Field Ornithology course. The Dean was moving to another school and just finishing out the school year with a bad case of short-timer's disease. It was a summer course. John made his pitch, the Dean gave him the "you've gotta be kidding look, then signed off on it becuse John had had the balls to ask.

He then wrote a paper on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that he was able to hand in for another low school course later on and got "A"s in both classes. Scam-o-rama.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-03-28 03:08 pm (UTC)

Re: Bullshit

Regrettably, there are too few hours in the day and too many things I actually need to take - some of them also really interesting, but not nearly as silly.

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