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Camille L Walsh
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

This course offers a broad introduction to the law of the United States, encompassing the courts, judiciary, bar, law enforcement, corrections and the many, many laypeople who participate in making and interpreting law in their everyday home, public and work lives. We will utilize the text of court opinions to understand what brought people into the courtroom, how legal principles are understood and translated, and what arguments about justice can be made on all sides of an issue. Students will regularly engage in debates, present ideas and arguments to their classmates, and collaborate with one another to locate information about their future career goals and intersections with law.

Student learning goals

Understand perspectives on multiple sides of complex legal questions and debates

Formulate questions and identify analytic tools to address a particular aspect of law

Work collaboratively to interview practitioners and gain experience with "law in practice"

Analyze key cases and problems in U.S. law

Communicate written and oral understand of key types of legal analysis and substantive law

Engage in debate and discussion on ongoing current legal issues

General method of instruction

This is primarily a discussion-based class, with a necessary amount of lecture and framing tools. Students will apply the law in various hypotheticals, sample cases and other scenarios to engender debate and discussion.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites necessary.

Class assignments and grading

Students will engage in both gathering and applying knowledge about the law in this class, in projects designed to facilitate written analysis, interviewing skills, oral presentations and discussion and debate.

Grades will be assigned based on a range of assessments, including short weekly quizzes, analysis and response papers, participation and presentations, and a final exam.


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 Camille L Walsh
Date: 01/24/2012