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Film and literature in the legal classroom

Film and literature in the legal classroom

Pawlowski, Mark ORCID: 0000-0002-5473-5809 and Greer, Sarah (2009) Film and literature in the legal classroom. The Law Teacher, 43 (1). pp. 49-61. ISSN 0306-9400 (Print), 1943-0353 (Online) (doi:

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The way in which law and lawyers are portrayed in popular film and literature is a fascinating subject not only for the social scientist but, more importantly, the lawyer and law student. Increasingly in law schools, films and classic literature with a legal theme are being used to identify various aspects of legal activity ranging from legal practice (i.e. intrinsic lawyer skills including legal argument, negotiation and advocacy) to various aspects of the legal process (e.g. the function of the judge and jury) as well as important elements of legal and ethical theory. This article focuses on the Law Through Film and Literature option which is offered to law students in the final year of their LLB (Hons) degree at Greenwich. The aim is to show how law-related film and literature can be a useful tool in the legal classroom, as well as providing some insights into how students have responded and developed as a result of their experiences on the course.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] The Law Teacher is the international scholarly journal of the Association of Law Teachers.
Uncontrolled Keywords: portrayal of the law, portrayal of legal profession, films, literature
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
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