Visual Literacy for the Legal Profession

Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming

NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3212819

9 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2018 Last revised: 1 Feb 2019

Date Written: January 15, 2018

Abstract

Digital technology has transformed the way we communicate in society. Swept along on a digital tide, words, sounds, and images easily, and often, flow together. This state of affairs has radically affected not only our commercial and political practices in society, but also the way we practice law. Unfortunately, legal education and legal theory have not kept up. Inconsistencies and unpredictability in the way courts ascertain the admissibility of various kinds of visual evidence and visual argumentation, lapses in the cross examination of visual evidence at trial, and inadequately theorized notions of visual meaning and the epistemology of affect tell us that the status quo in legal education is untenable. Law teachers today have an obligation to provide their students with the rudiments of visual literacy.

Keywords: visual literacy, legal education

Suggested Citation

Sherwin, Richard Kenneth, Visual Literacy for the Legal Profession (January 15, 2018). Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming ; NYLS Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3212819. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3212819

Richard Kenneth Sherwin (Contact Author)

New York Law School ( email )

185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
United States

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