Visual Persuasion in the Law
New visual digital technologies are changing the practice of law. Images are increasingly becoming a regular part of the way lawyers communicate and argue—in court and out.
Thinking in images, however, is very different from thinking in words alone. Competency in the production, interpretation, and cross-examination of images is neither simple nor obvious. In this seminar, through critical viewing, inter-disciplinary readings, and hands-on visual exercises, students cultivate the skill-set that contemporary lawyers need for effective visual communication and advocacy. Students learn about visual evidence, visual storytelling, and visual advocacy.
This upper-level interdisciplinary course explores how new digital technologies are altering how lawyers communicate and argue. The final exam is a take home paper; alternatively, students may elect to collaborate on producing a short law-related film.
Recommended for the following Professional Pathways: IP/Copyright and Trademark; Media, Entertainment, Sports, Fashion; Tech/Privacy; Civil Rights/Civil Liberties; Criminal Defense; Criminal Prosecution; Government/Public Sector; International Business; Labor and Employment (Corporate Perspective); General Practice - Litigation/Dispute Resolution; Law Through a Different Lens - History and Humanities