Law 165 - LGBT Law and Policy

Jocelyn F. Samuels

Jocelyn F. Samuels

Executive Director, The Williams Institute
B.A. Middlebury College, 1977
J.D. Columbia University School of Law, 1982
Course Description:

This course will explore the relevance of empirical research and narrative to LGBT law and policy issues. The course will feature scholars and research of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.  Themes explored throughout the course may include: doctrinal and other reasons why research has become more central to LGBT legal advancements in the past decade; the methodologies that guide different types of public policy research; the limitations of current data and research on LGBT issues; the difficulties in translating social science research into evidence in the courtroom or other legal proceedings; the impact that the dominant LGBT rights frame of equality has on social science research; and the challenges in conducting objective research that can be used to advance policy goals.  Students will gain hands on experience in how to effectively present social science and other research to persuade judges, juries, legislators, policy makers, media and other audiences on issues affecting the LGBT community.  By the end of the course, students will have an introduction to LGBT law and related public policy research; will have explored the practice-based issues faced by lawyers, policy makers, social science researchers, and decision-makers when working in this area; and will have read and created materials that combine narrative, empirical research, and law to inform and influence others.
 

Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students will have an introduction to LGBT law and related public policy research; will have explored the practice-based issues faced by lawyers, policy makers, social science researchers, and decision-makers when working in this area; and will have read materials that combine narrative, empirical research, and law to inform and influence others.

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Jocelyn Samuels 20S 165 LEC 13 Unscheduled 1.0 No No