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7337. Lying and the Law

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

This seminar explores the complicated relationship between lying and the law. Although lying seems antithetical to the rule of law, are there ways in which it is a productive or necessary part of the legal system? Does law itself inevitably engender lying? Where are the boundaries around lying or where should they be? Course materials will include philosophical and literary explorations of these and related questions. The course will also look at some of the multifaceted ways in which the law seeks or fails to regulate lying. Topics may include false advertising laws, the common law of perjury, the use of legal fictions, deceptive interrogation by police, antidiscrimination laws, and the regulation of lying by lawyers.