This course reviews and discusses some of the key challenges with ensuring access to justice in the United States today. The course will also provide the opportunity to think about these issues from a more personal standpoint. Topics will include the role of the legal profession in ensuring access to justice, the challenges facing legal services providers, and the limits of the law as an agent of social change. Students will be expected to complete an original project on an access to justice issue, such as an examination of an access to justice issue in the media or a comparison of strategies employed by justice providers. Students will also be expected to complete three short responses to the readings and successfully complete a final exam.
While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, some prior coursework in american politics (e.g., POL SCI 1) is highly recommended.