Law in the Plays of Elmer Rice

NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07/08-10

Law and Literature, Vol. 19, p. 401, 2007

35 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2007

Abstract

While novels, short stories, television shows, movies, and classic dramas are often analyzed for insights into the law, modern plays are seldom similarly examined. The plays of Elmer Rice, however, should be discussed by those interested in our legal system. Rice, although now largely forgotten, was a leading playwright of the last century. He was a law school graduate, and his work often incorporated legal themes. His plays provide provocative commentaries about the law and raise dilemmas about justice and ethics that resonate today. This essay explores the interplay between plays and the law by examining the life and work of Elmer Rice.

Keywords: Elmer Rice, plays, popular culture, legal education, bar exam, jury trials, legal practice

Suggested Citation

Jonakait, Randolph N., Law in the Plays of Elmer Rice. NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 07/08-10; Law and Literature, Vol. 19, p. 401, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1029696

Randolph N. Jonakait (Contact Author)

New York Law School ( email )

57 Worth Street
New York, NY 10011-2960
United States

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