Taboo Trades

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/12
Credits: 2
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1130-1330
  • WB116
09/01/2022 12/01/2022
*“R” means Thursday

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 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, 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. The final paper will be due via EXPO by noon on the last day of the finals period. You do not have to address every topic and speaker covered in the course, but papers should seek to draw out common themes across the various topics covered, rather than address a single topic or speaker. Length: 2500 words maximum. That's about five single-spaced or ten double-spaced pages. You do not need to do any outside research. I'm looking for your thoughts and reactions on the topics/papers/speakers we discussed. In that sense, think of it more like a take home exam or long reaction paper, rather than a "research paper."

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: Readings provided via Canvas
Course Notes: Students who are interested in what the final product sounds like can listen to last years’ episodes here (that was a 4-credit course, so we will have fewer episodes): Episodes are also available on Apple ( and Spotify (

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.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
ABA Seminar
Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 29, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM