Course Description

LAW 950 - Homelessness

Homelessness is quite obviously a pressing social problem. On any given night, as many as half a million people are homeless in America; in 2015 the mayor of Los Angeles declared a state of emergency on homelessness. Yet while the existence of the phenomenon is clear, how to understand it, as well as its relation to the law, is not. In this seminar we will attempt to grapple with this problem by: characterizing homelessness and why it might be a distinct kind of legal wrong; tracing its connections to various parts of the legal system; understanding how the law creates, exacerbates, and/or alleviates homelessness; and considering the merits of various legal tools that could be used to address it. The seminar will primarily take a philosophical approach, but no prior philosophical training is required, and students with clinical, advocacy, or other practical experience in the field are strongly encouraged to enroll. Evaluation will be by way of a short paper (3-5 pages) mid-way through the course, a longer paper (12-15 pages) at the end of the course, and class participation.

Course Information:

This course is not offered in 2018 - 2019

Previous Course Offerings:

Faculty Term Course Section Schedule Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Christopher Essert 17S 950 SEM 1 TBA 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM 1.0 No Per instructor's discretion
Law 950 will meet 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/9, 1/10, 1/11, 1/12, 1/13 from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm in room 3473.
Constitutional Law, Government, and Public Policy; Mini-Courses; Real Estate & Property Law;