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Alexandra A Filutowski
B CUSP 202
Bothell Campus

Introduction to Law

Introduction to the structure of the legal system. Covers how the United States legal system reflects and forms social values; resolves disputes; deals with criminal procedures; addresses torts and contracts; and examines the functioning of the Constitution. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

B CUSP 202 is a 5-credit course that introduces students to the fundamentals of US law and the US legal system. In class we will cover a variety of topics, including: the evolution of law, different bodies of law (constitutional, criminal, civil, etc.), the courts system (judicial process) and alternative dispute resolution methods (negotiation, mediation, arbitration). The course has intensive reading assignments from the required textbook, online articles and case opinions. Class discussions are integral to learning, as are in-class films, courthouse visit and homework assignments. Midterm and non-cumulative final exam.

Student learning goals

Knowledge of the US court system

Cursory knowledge of various laws affecting your rights as an individual in the United States and as a resident of Washington State

Develop skill in legal analysis and argument

Develop a legal vocabulary

General method of instruction

Lecture with Powerpoint slides with student involvement, group activities, pop quizzes, take-home assignments.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Participation 10% Pop Quizzes 15% Homework 25% Midterm 25% Final Exam 25%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Alexandra A Filutowski
Date: 01/23/2010