Want to Make a Difference? Go to Yada Yada Law School. Seriously.
If you want to raise money for charity, talk a little bit about Seinfeld, and secure a lucrative job at Vandelay Industries, you might consider going to Yada Yada Law School, the “fake law school taught by real law professors." Courses include Seinfeld Torts, Seinfeld Contracts, and Seinfeld Property Law.
You can see the class schedule on their website. Courses are currently ongoing, and you can view previous classes on their YouTube Channel. You can view the courses for free, but ideally you'd be able to pitch in to help the charity they support.
Actual Legal Fundamentals
While the courses are ostensibly about nothing, in fact they cover the fundamentals of various aspects of the law based on examples from the show. So, whether you have never been to law school or would simply like a refresher on the basics of securities fraud while supporting a charity, you may consider watching some of these videos (and donating, of course).
Law Professors Who Love Seinfeld
So far, the charity has raised thousands of dollars for COVID-19 services provided by the Legal Services of New York City. They are near to their goal of raising $15,000 to help support low-income NYC residents displaced and otherwise impacted by the pandemic, including providing housing assistance, unemployment, and immigration relief.
Carliss Chatman is the “Serenit E. Now Foundation Chair of Business Law and Ethics" at Yada Yada, who by day teaches at Washington and Lee Law School. Professor Chatman told Culture Map Houston that “Seinfeld is fertile ground for teaching about business and ethics," giving the examples of the stock tip episode to talk about securities law and Elaine's muffin top company to talk about corporations.
The group started on (where else?) Twitter, before morphing into a charitable organization. Classes continue on YouTube throughout July.
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