Law and Literature

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
TUE 3:45 - 5:35 pm JON 6.207

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location


The materials for this one-hour pass-fail course are still being worked out.  What is most likely is that each week will focus, for the two-hour class period, on one or, at most, two, stories or a short novel that raise issues relevant to the law.  For example, under what circumstances do we properlyaccept private revenge, because, for example, a working legal system that provides adequate "justice" is lacking?  Does Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure" offer any useful lessons about "the rule of law" and/or "fidelity to law"?   We might also assign some legal opinions or essays that are thought to be of particular literary merit and analyze what that may (or may not) be true.  Each student will be required to provide three short essays (of roughly 500-600) words responding to the pieces assigned during particular weeks of your choice.  They will be ungraded, but we hope that they will provide the agenda for much of the class discussion for those weeks.

Important Class Changes

Date Updated
10/13/2021 Room(s) changed