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Welcome to Law in the Court of Public Opinion!

Welcome to the course website for Law in the Court of Public Opinion. This course is being offered jointly in the Harvard Law School and the Harvard Extension School in the fall semester, 2006.

If we do say so ourselves, the course will be unlike any that has ever been taught. It is a course in persuasive, empathic argument in the Internet space. Throughout the course we will be studying many different media technologies to understand how their inherent characteristics and modes of distribution affect the arguments that are made using them. Students will be immersed in this study through project-based assignments in which they will be using these technologies to make their own arguments. For a good introduction to the class, watch this video of a discussion with Charlie and Rebecca hosted by the Berkman Center.

CyberOne Screenshot

Our brief trailer video gives an A/V description of the CyberOne experience.

Note: The video requires Quicktime 7 (free). Alternatively, watch the lower quality Flash version.


Three Ways to Participate in CyberOne:

Langdell Hall

As a Harvard Law Student

Only Harvard Law students can register for the law school version of this course. Students at other schools of Harvard may enroll by cross-registering according to the rules of their home school.

Photo by: Bad Glacier

Second Life

As a Harvard Extension Student

Enrollment to the Harvard Extension School is open to the public. Extension students will experience portions of the class through a virtual world, known as Second Life. Videos, discussions, lectures, and office hours will all take place on Berkman Island. Students from anywhere in the world will be able to interact with one another, in real time.

Photo by: Pathfinder Linden


As an Internet User “At Large”

All of our videos and lecture materials will be freely available to anyone with an Internet connection. We’ll also be broadcasting select video on Cambridge Community Television, for residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Photo by: Colin Gregory Palmer


  1. Colin Gregory Palmer

    August 24, 2006 @ 10:49 pm



    Thank you for using my photograph on your page, but could you please link to as I request on my flickr page?

    Thank you.

  2. Dean

    August 25, 2006 @ 3:24 am


    Got ya taken care of ^_^

  3. Jake Shapiro » links for 2006-08-29

    August 29, 2006 @ 5:18 am


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  4. Blueprint Blog

    August 30, 2006 @ 3:23 pm


    Harvard offers class in Second Life…

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  5. Going to school in Second Life » Mathew Ingram:

    September 5, 2006 @ 3:28 pm


    […] In a recent post, Rebecca McKinnon — a research fellow at the Berkman Center and former TV journalist who co-founded Global Voices Online — mentioned that she has gotten involved in Second Life in order to take part in an educational exercise set up by Charles Nesson, founder of the Berkman Center : a class called Law in the Court of Public Opinion. Rebecca has some interesting thoughts about how Second Life reflects some of the world’s existing prejudices, despite the fact that there are very few boundaries the way there are in RL (real life). […]

  6. CyberOne Course « Tao’s Thoughts on Second Life

    September 6, 2006 @ 4:17 pm


    […] Thanks to Rikomatic for discovering the CyberOne Course announcement over at the Berkman Center homepage. I was actually waiting for that as it features a video I helped making by filming the SL parts. So congrats to the Berkman team to create that nice video out of it (and they also use Crazytalk which maybe I slowly should get, too […]

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    September 12, 2006 @ 10:42 am


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