786.01 Media Law

Today, thanks to the internet, everyone is a publisher. This class will examine the regulation of communications media, including newspapers, broadcast media, social media, and internet content generally. It will survey the First Amendment principles underpinning protection for speech and address current events and ongoing debates about the media, including “fake news,” blockbuster defamation cases, and social media content moderation. This class will also cover topics specific to the practice of media lawyers, such as pre-publication review, prior restraints on speech, defending subpoenas, reporters’ privilege, and access to information. Students will be assessed on their completion of three written projects.

Enrollment Pre-/Co- Requisite Information

This class can serve as a pre- or co-requisite for enrollment in the First Amendment Clinic.

Fall 2023

Course Number Course Credits Evaluation Method Instructor
Course Credits
Simulated Writing, Litigation
Class participation
Sarah H. Ludington, Amanda Martin
Sakai site: https://sakai.duke.edu/portal/site/LAW-786-01-F23
Email list: LAW-786-01-F23@sakai.duke.edu
Degree Requirements
Course Requirements - JD
Course Requirements - JD-LLM-LE
Course Requirements - LLM
Course Areas of Practice