B CUSP 202
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.
An introduction to fundamental legal concepts and the structure and function of the legal system. This course will cover how the system is organized, ethical and historical bases for law, and how our legal system provides a structure for resolving disputes.
We will explore current and historical constitutional law issues; dispute resolution, including civil procedure and trial practice; criminal law and criminal procedure ;torts;landlord tenant law; intellectual property; and contracts. I will also teach you the basics of online legal research, which we will follow in doing a computer lab exercise.
Student learning goals
to understand the importance of law; in every aspect of our lives.
to learn how to think using case precedents and legal analysis;
to sharpen your critical and analytical skills, including your writing skills.
to understand how the U.S. legal system differs from that of other nations.
to understand how cases are argued and to obtain experience in doing so
to understand key topics of substantive law that are especially critical to the business world.
General method of instruction
Lecture, films, class discussion, exercises involving applying legal principles to hypothetical situations, guest lecturers.
An analytical mind and a general impression of how the US legal system works.
Class assignments and grading
Two midterms, a final exam, exercises, and a paper on a court visit or interview with an attorney (the student selects which one they would like to do). Case Argument exercise.
Correct answer on multiple choice questions on exam, logic and critical thinking support for essay questions on exams. Ability to thoroughly understand the applicable legal principles and apply them to a hypothetical situation in exercises, exams, and in the court paper or attorney interview paper.