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posted on 2022-07-06, 16:22 authored by Post Discipline AdminPost Discipline Admin
We explore law’s many meanings and values through stories. What is justice? Is our legal system just? How should we judge? What are law’s foundations? Must law be moral? Why obey law? How do we interpret the law? What kind of lawyer should I aspire to become? What values are most important to a meaningful life in the law? Literature helps answer these vital questions. It likewise teaches us new ways to critique our fickle justice system, to grasp law’s distinctive discourse, and to become better legal writers. Narrative structure, character development, and theme building, among other storytelling techniques, enhance our repertoire of writing and persuasion skills. Those skills also share center stage with our professional values, as we confront the many moral-legal dilemmas in a thoughtful lawyer’s life. This information has been collected for the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. The database explores the use of literature by schools of professional education in North America. It forms part of a larger project titled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities, led by Dr Merve Emre with the assistance of Dr Hayley G. Toth. You can find more information about the project at Data was collected and accurate in 2021/22.


Subject Area


Geographic Region

East North Central

University or College

Capital University

Funding Status


Endowment (according to NACUBO's U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20) ($1,000)


Annual Tuition and Mandatory Fees 2021-2022 ($) (Resident; Non-resident, where applicable)


Course Title

Law and Literature

Terminal Degree of Instructor(s)


Position of Instructor(s)

Adjunct Professor of Law

Academic Year(s) Active

Since 2006

Primary Works on Reading List

Susan Glaspell, A Jury of Her Peers; Sophocles, Antigone; Jane Hirshfield, Justice without Passion; Tony Gilroy (dir.) Michael Clayton; Carl Sandberg, The Lawyers Know Too Much; Herman Melville, Billy Budd, Sailor; George Orwell, A Hanging; Heywood Gould (dir.), Trial by Jury; Alan Parker (dir.), The Life of David Gale; Gary Fleder (dir.), Runaway Jury; Ryan Holiday, Conspiracy: A True Story of Power, Sex, and a Billionaire’s Secret Plot to Destroy a Media Empire; Katherine Ann Porter, Noon Wine; Benjamin Sells, The Soul of Law; Scott Turow, One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School; Ruthann Robson, Notes from a Difficult Case; Nancy Levit and Douglas O. Linder, The Happy Lawyer: Making a Good Life in the Law; and Douglas O. Linder and Nancy Levit, The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law.

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