Spring 2015
    Law No.: LAW9169
    Sched. No.: 115219180

Social Work Of Law*
Section 1
Langlet, Mark F.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):R, 1600-1800 (WB121)
Capacity:16 **This information is current as of 05/26/2015 06:15:09 AM**
Current Enrollment:11 **This information is current as of 05/26/2015 06:15:09 AM**

Course Description:

In the past, law and social work have been treated as distinct professions whose practitioners serve clients in different contexts, for distinct purposes, using different skills and methods, and following different ethical codes. For many lawyers, however, the line between their work and social work is not a clear one. Some lawyers now find themselves practicing in groups with social workers or directly assisting clients with the kinds of problems that social workers customarily resolve. For legal aid lawyers and public defenders, social work and law routinely converge. This also is the case for many government lawyers, including prosecutors, even though they may not conceive of their work that way. Likewise, private lawyers practicing in a range of areas, including family law, juvenile justice, criminal justice, health law, housing law, immigration, and aging, find themselves working with clients whose problems require “social” as well as “legal” solutions. In the arenas of community organizing and policy-making, professionals are increasingly relying on methodologies and research from both disciplines in order to inform their social justice activities, advocacy, and legislative agendas. The seminar will explore the genealogy of the two disciplines, the places where they converge, as well as the places where they continue to diverge. It will examine the social work that lawyers do with individuals, families, and communities in many of the foregoing contexts, and it will aim to expose students to the diverse sorts of clients and groups whom they will encounter and join with in a variety of practice areas. Over the course of the semester, students will write 3 short (6-8 page) papers.

COURSE REQUIREMENT: Three short (1800-2400 word) papers