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Spring 2022

Course Description
This interdisciplinary 2-credit course, open to five (5) law students and five (5) art students, will examine the treatment of children in the juvenile and criminal justice systems through law, policy and social practice theory, integrating collaborations between lawyers and law students, artists and communities to effectuate legal reform. The focus of the course will be on policies that place primarily impoverished children of color, charged and prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system, at risk of punitive rather than rehabilitative treatment by the court. The course is interdisciplinary, experiential and collaborative by design, with guest lectures from faculty and practitioners in criminology and sociology, public health, medicine, law, art, and other fields. The aim is to introduce law students and art students to different creative community collaborations to advance social and legal justice reforms on behalf of marginalized clients. For law students, a primary objective is to encourage them to understand, empathize and engage in advocacy on behalf of marginalized communities to change laws on a systemic level. For art students, a main objective is to introduce them to legal concepts in their creation of artistic work to advance social advocacy, in collaboration with lawyers, clients and communities. The overarching goal is to view legal advocacy and artistic expression elastically working across disciplines to engage communities to problem-solve, plan, and organize for legal and policy reform.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-18-2022 - 04-25-2022   R  3:30 PM-5:15 PM F300

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Law students will co-facilitate an assigned class discussion, write short reflection papers, and complete a research paper or white paper for project. Law students may complete a research paper that meets the requirements for upper-level writing credit. Art students will collaborate with their law school colleagues in producing designs, murals, photos or other forms of creative expression to advance one of the identified legal reform goals that the class will address through the semester.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes:
New Course
Course Delivery:
Blended (part residential and part online)
Special Restrictions: The course is available for law students (JD and LLM) and students in the Department of Art and Art History. Enrollment is by application only. Students who are interested in taking the course should contact Ms. Angela Galiano at for an application. Class enrollment will be limited in size in order to facilitate experiential learning. Applications should be submitted by Friday, November 5 at 5 p.m. You will receive notice of admission before spring registration begins.
Law Track(s):
Social Justice - Specialized
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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Phone: (305)284-4132
Office: F305


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