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Spring 2015
Oct 19, 2017
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LAW 759 - Feminist Legal Theory
This seminar uses gender as a lens to interpret the law and the experiences that women and men of all colors have with the law. We will begin by examining the theoretical presumptions and organizing principles of traditional feminist critiques of the law. Then, through examination of a variety of topics which have been of particular interest to feminist legal scholars, we will examine and critique the assumptions of feminist legal theory. Specifically, we will discuss legal aspects of work, motherhood, family life, sexual harassment, domestic violence, sexual intimacy, rape, pregnancy, abortion, race, wealth, poverty and sexual orientation. Throughout the course, our examination is grounded by inquiring to what extent feminism and theories of gender, when applied to the law, accurately have met the needs of women and men. The course concludes with a study of the most recent contributions to feminist legal scholarship and the emergence of a Third Wave feminist jurisprudence. Grades will be determined on the basis of class participation, presentations and a final paper. There is no examination. Students have the option of writing (i) several short (2-3) page papers and a 12-15 page final paper or (ii) a single 25 page final paper. The 25 page paper may be used to satisfy the upper level writing requirement.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Law-JD, Law-LLM, Law-SJD
Schedule Types: Seminar, Tutorial

Law Department

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