Taboo Trades

Section 1ZT, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/12
Credits: 4
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 1000-1200
  • WB121
01/24/2022 04/27/2022

Course Description

This class will explore the topic of traditionally taboo trades (e.g. prostitution, marijuana, organ sales, and paying college athletes) through the production of a weekly podcast with a guest scholar, lawyer, or regulator. Students will read relevant background work and develop questions and content for the podcast. Students will work in teams to “guest produce" each episode and will take the lead in selecting questions and materials, and help conduct the on-air interviews. (If any student doesn’t want to be on air then they can produce the episode behind the scenes instead, for full credit, though most enjoy podcasting once they’ve tried it.) After each podcast, students will break down the episode – which answers were satisfying, which weren’t, which questions are still open?

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be responsible for submitting a final paper reflecting on and evaluating the guests and topics covered during the semester. Students working on a law review note or independent study covering one of our taboo trades are free to use our sessions and their final paper as preparation, background, or a first or partial draft of that project, subject to my advance approval of the topic. The final paper will be due via EXPO no later than noon on the last day of the finals period.

Other Work
Students will be responsible for producing a podcast episode and weekly development of guest questions based on readings.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, May 01, 11:59 PM