Law and Popular Culture: Text, Notes, and Questions

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LexisNexis, May 2, 2012 - Law - 560 pages
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The United States is the world's most legalistic nation not only because of its laws, lawyers, and courts but also due to the amount, variety, and appeal of its law-related popular culture. This large body of materials and experiences profoundly affects what Americans expect from their legal institutions and government. Indeed, might it be true that pop cultural law is more important in shaping the lay public's assumptions and expectations than are actual laws and real-life courtroom proceedings?

Law and Popular Culture is the first classroom text to examine the full range of American law-related popular culture. Designed primarily for law school use, the text examines the most influential pop cultural media—film, radio, television, and inexpensive fiction—but each of the text's 14 chapters begins with a list of five readily available Hollywood films that are relevant to that particular chapter. Instructors might screen selections from these lists in conjunction with their courses. After an introduction to the study of popular culture and an outline of the text's goals, the chapters themselves fall into two categories. Half concern the pop cultural portrayals of legal institutions and actors—law schools, the legal profession, clients, witnesses, judges, and juries. The second half concern assorted areas of law—Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Torts from the first-year curriculum and Business Law, Family Law, International Law, and Military Law from standard upper-level electives. Instructors might use the text at the pace of one chapter per week for an entire semester or pick and expand upon selected chapters as they think best.

Overall, Law and Popular Culture underscores and scrutinizes the immense role popular culture plays in shaping the American legal consciousness. Teachers and students alike can use the text to explore what Americans expect from their law and legal institutions while at the same time honing their understanding of law and of the meaning of justice under law.

 

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Contents

Changing Portrayals of
THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
STUDYING LAW AND POPULAR CULTURE
Notes Questions
GOALS IN THE STUDY OF LAW AND POPULAR CULTURE
Denvir John What Movies Teach Law Students Picturing Justice 2003
A CULTURAL JURISPRUDENCE
LEGAL EDUCATION
Ball Milner Just Stories 12 Cardozo Stud L Literature 37 2000
AVOIDING JURY DUTY
THE WORK OF A JURY
Notes Questions
JURIES
THE POLITICS OF REFORM
E WORKIN ON THE CHAIN GANG
F THE DEATH PENALTY

LAW FACULTY
E LAW SCHOOLS
F DIVERSITY
G LAW STUDENTS ETHICS AND PERSONAL CHOICES
THE BAR EXAM
LAWYERS
LAWYERS ACTS
LAWYERS CHARACTERS
REDEMPTION OF
Notes Questions
CLIENTS
PUTTING CLIENTS AT THE CENTER OF
Margulies Peter Representation of Domestic Violence Survivors as
TRUST EMPATHY
E UNBRIDGEABLE GAPS?
WITNESSES
FINDING EMPLOYING AND CAJOLING WITNESSES
EYEWITNESSES
E CROSSEXAMINATION
F QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WITNESSS CHARACTER
JUDGES
Notes Questions
Feminist Reconsiderations of
Rosenbloom Social Ideology as Seen Through
Notes Questions
Comics Science Fiction
WHO JUDGES THE JUDGE?
JURIES
G FORCED CONFORMITY AND THE HUMAN IDENTITY
TORT
TORTFEASORS VICTIMS WITNESSES AND ATTORNEYS
THE TORT ON TRIAL
E THE IMPACT OF TORT MOVIES ON THE
CRIMINAL
Notes Questions
Notes Questions
Notes Questions
Notes Questions
Punishing
CONSTITUTIONAL
POP CULTURAL CONSTITUTIONAL
Notes Questions
Notes Questions
FAMILY
DIVORCE
CHILD CUSTODY
E ADOPTION
BUSINESS
THE MARKET ECONOMY
Notes Questions
Notes Questions
INTERNATIONAL
F TERRORISM
INDEX
Holistic Approach
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