LAW 406: Visual Storytelling and the Law

Legal advocacy is fundamentally about effectively telling stories. Both inside and outside the courtroom, stories shape our experience of justice. Visual storytelling commands a unique power to evoke empathy and to serve as a powerful tool for public awareness and advocacy. Working collaboratively with faculty (an Instructor/Filmmaker and a Clinical Professor of Law), students will create a short documentary film about a social justice topic currently undertaken by one of the College of Law's clinics. In addition to making a short film, the class will embark on a journey of "media literacy" and explore questions around truth, ethics and objectivity as we consider how digital media (documentary specifically) may be used as a conduit to communicate the law's narratives.