This seminar draws on empirical research to explore the different roles and values of lawyers in American Society. We begin by discussing various theories about the function of lawyers in American democracy and examining the history and structure of the U.S. legal profession. We then explore the ideals and realities of law practice in various settings, such as large firm corporate, solo and small firm, government, criminal defense, personal injury, and public interest practice. We also consider the functions of legal education.
Seminar requirements include two short papers and a structured research interview. The seminar is required for all CPVP affiliates. Enrollment is limited to CPVP affiliates and others with the permission of the CPVP faculty.
Legal Profession or Profesional Responsibility is a pre or co requisite.