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Free Press Seminar
J.D. Seminar 196 | 2 credit hours
"Congress shall make no law . . .," the First Amendment commands, "abridging the freedom . . . of the press." But Congress, state legislatures, city councils, regulatory agencies, and the courts have written a host of laws governing both print and electronic media. This survey of mass media law explores such current topics as libel, privacy, access to information, commercial speech, and regulation of electronic media and "cyberspace." Practical aspects of representing media clients are examined along with public policy implications of existing legal doctrines and proposals for change
Recommended: Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights and Liberties.
Students may not receive credit for both this seminar and Law in a New Media World.
This seminar requires a paper. Students must register for the 3 credit section of the seminar if they wish to write a paper fulfilling the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement. The paper requirements of the 2 credit section will not fulfill the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement.