Gender Violence and the Law

Law 340



Rigorous Writing Experience (RWE)



This course will cover the theoretical, social, and legal implications of gender violence and goes beyond traditional domestic violence coverage. It will examine the efficacy of legal intervention and how laws impact the lives of those who have survived gender violence. Topics include civil protection orders, custody, arrest and prosecution, immigration, international human rights, and other legal remedies in the realm of intimate partner violence. Students will also examine recent developments at the intersection of civil rights, race, ethnicity, and gender violence, including gender violence in prisons and the lack of access of services for certain groups, for example, disabled victims, men, and LGBTQ victims.  It will include a comparative perspective by which the problem of gender-based violence and its remedies are considered in the context of other cultures and legal systems.  In addition to the subject matter overview, students will observe court proceedings and engage in in-class practical skills exercises including interviewing and counseling, trial issues, simulated case arguments, and group problem exercises. 

Students will be assigned written exercises such as legislative drafting, complaint drafting, and developing an outline for a memorandum of law. Students will complete a 15-20 page seminar paper that builds on and develops one of the earlier writing assignments.  

The course will complement clinics, civil rights-related courses, professional responsibility, trial advocacy, appellate advocacy, evidence, civil rights, and legislative advocacy.h


D. Weissman

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