Spring 2021 • Seminar
Framing, Narrative, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence
Exam Type: No Exam
In this seminar we will examine the ways in which the rhetorical and communications principles of framing and narrative inform U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence and advocacy. Analyzing opinions, briefs, and oral arguments, as well as legal and social science scholarship, we will consider how different approaches to legal storytelling can lead to differing judicial outcomes. And we will discuss the implications of our findings for the development and integrity of the law.
Class participation and successful completion of written and oral assignments will count for a significant portion of students’ final grade. Assigned material will include cases, legislation, legal scholarship, social science literature, and mass media works.