Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 9ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 10/10
Credits: 0

Course Description

This is the first semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader. This seminar will explore the way lawyers and legal problems are depicted in popular culture and media. We will use films, TV shows, and possibly other media (podcasts, periodical articles, etc.) to explore whether depictions of lawyers, lawyering, judges, and judging are based on a clear understanding of the nature of law practice and the legal system. Are characterizations made in popular media and culture fair or unfair to the participants in the legal system and, if not, does it matter? To enliven the discussion and bonhomie, Amanda Yale, Director of Public Service, will co-host.

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
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Final Type (if any): None
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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: JD students are given priority for this course during the LCS enrollment lottery process. LLM students may enroll in the course during the SIS Add/Drop process. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: COVID-19 LOGISTICS: Our plan is to have three sessions in the fall, and three in the spring. Tentatively, we plan to hold the fall sessions on our back patio which will permit appropriate physical distancing. Format for the spring depends on what develops between now and then.

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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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