Sociology of Law

Address each part of the question and in your analysis cite a broad range of specific course materials (particularly reading and lectures; about 7-10 different sources from the course per question is typical), bringing in and citing reading, lectures, other course materials, and your own ideas.  Your use of evidence and argument should demonstrate you understand the course material and support your own view well.  Number your pages and start each essay with the question number (e.g., #1, #4; dont retype the question).  A cover page or folder is unnecessary.
            Proofread your work carefully for organization, coherence, grammar, punctuation, and spelling to make your points clear and eliminate errors.  Quote precisely, use quotation marks accurately, and give page numbers for all quotes and close paraphrases, e.g., (Text, p. 30).

Citing outside references isnt required but give full references for any outside sources on a separate References page. Most of all your essays citations will be to our course materials, which you may cite within your papers text (without a separate References page) like this:
-for Law In Our Lives:  (Text, pp. 123-124)
-for Taking Sides articles:  cite the specific articles author, e.g., (Alito in TS, p. 232).

ESSAY QUESTION:
3. How doesand how canthe law advance or undermine justice and human rights? What is the place of law in achieving justice?  Some of our course materials address issues of power and varying levels of access to and use of law by different social groups.  Drawing on specific course materials, discuss the routes to effective use of law by those who are relatively disempowered or disenfranchised as well as by powerful groups.  Analyze the tension and possible conflict between progress and stability in the development of the law, by using two or three cases as examples.  Discuss ways in which society contributes to legal change and ways in which legal change affects society.  Use specific concepts and examples from our course materials.

The essay will be evaluated on four things:
-effective and accurate summary of class material;
-breadth and range: important points covered; inclusivenot too thin or short;
-ability to apply, interpret, and criticize course material and use your own ideas (not just parroting); and
-expression: organization, coherence, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.

I have attached 2 sources about controversial topics; Same sex marriage and Imprisoning Undocumented Immigrants. Use these sources in the paper, and find 5 outside sources about other controversial issues that apply to the essay question. There should be a total of 7 sources.

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