University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2019

Course Description
This course provides a comprehensive look at how social media is affecting the legal system. Using a combination of trial and appellate cases along with other reading, the course examines the myriad of ways in which information from sites like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and from the " blogosphere" is being used nationwide in various areas of legal practice including, but not limited to, criminal, family, employment, and personal injury law. The course will not only explore discoverability and evidentiary issues involving social media content, but also will consider how traditional notions and norms in areas such as civil procedure, legal ethics and constitutional law are being impacted. The implications of social media use by other participants in the legal system, such as judges and jurors, will also be covered. Finally, the course will take a look at the novel issues arising as a result of attorneys using social media for marketing. The course ultimately will not only provide insight into social media's impact on the legal system, but also will consider best practices that may be adopted to competently navigate the evolving nature of social media and the practice of law.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-15-2019 - 04-23-2019   T  3:30 PM-5:20 PM A216B

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Method of Evaluation: Short written assignments and final project
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
The Business of Innovation, Law and Technology: BILT (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Additional Materials:
Assigned readings will be posted on TWEN.  
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: Course Overview - Why Social Media? Read: Jacobowitz & Singer, The Social Media Frontier: Exploring a New Mandate for Competence in the Practice of Law

    Recommended Texts: Browning, John, Social Media and Litigation; Hoffmeister, Thaddeus, Social Media in the Courtroom; Furi-Perry, Ursula, Social Media Law - A Handbook of Cases & Use; Briones, Joshua & Tagvoryan, Ana, Social Media as Evidence - Cases, Practice Pointers and Techniques; Salkin, Patricia E. & Tappendorf, Julie, A., Social Media and Local Governments - Navigating the New Public Square

    TWEN/Blackboard/Course Webpage Link:

    Additional Information:
    Students have the option of downloading the 1st reading which is attached by clicking on the attachment below or picking up a copy from Ebonie Carter on the 2nd floor of the law library Suite G287.




Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-8564
Office: G275