Are you ready for it? USD Knudson School of Law to offer ‘Taylor Swift and the Law’ course

Are you ready for it?

A new “Taylor Swift and the Law” course is set to be offered this spring at the University of South Dakota’s Knudson School of Law, aiming to “bejewel” law students’ thinking about the legal environment from a new perspective.

The “mastermind” behind the course, Professor Sean Kammer, said in a press release the inspiration for the course came from his experience attending Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour stop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and after interacting with students who are avowed Swifties.

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Kammer’s course will give second- and third-year law students an opportunity to learn about pop music icon Taylor Swift and how her life, legacy in the music industry and impact on culture intertwine with the law.

University of South Dakota Law School Dean Neil Fulton speaks to students.

University of South Dakota Law School Dean Neil Fulton speaks to students.

“The basic idea is to use a topic about which students are already quite passionate about to help them interrogate the law in ways they probably wouldn’t otherwise do in law school,” he said. “The course will also help them understand that their experiences and passions not typically associated with the law can, and do, inform the way they approach the law.”

This course will examine Swift’s music and lyrics, as well as her celebrity persona, her massive following and her interactions with the legal system, to provide students with insights into legal philosophy, legal culture and legal rhetoric.

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In class, students will debate over music interpretation as an analogy for the competing theories of legal interpretation and be encouraged to question why they gravitate to a particular theory, while also understanding each theory’s strengths and limitations.

Kammer said he hopes students walk away from his class knowing that “who they are as individuals matters,” in addition to learning legal and social theory and developing their skills as writers.

This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: USD Knudson School of Law offers ‘Taylor Swift and the Law’ in spring

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