Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 15ZO, 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. In the seminar, we will study a number of sensational criminal trials that, in their time and place, were hailed as “trials of the century.” Each of the trials captured the imagination of the public, each received massive press coverage, and each was reproduced in a variety of literary forms. We will study these trials in order to identify what they have in common and to evaluate their juridical, cultural, ideological, and practical significance. We will take a look at the literary recreations of these trials, as well as inspect some of the actual trial materials themselves. Among others, we are likely to study the trials of Lizzie Borden, Oscar Wilde, the Scottsboro boys, John Scopes, and Adolf Eichmann.

Course Requirements

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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: Attendance at all class sessions is required. Seminars in Ethical Values typically occur over 5 or 6 evening sessions throughout the academic year. Prof. Coughlin will announce the specific date, time and location details for this section at a later date.

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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