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Stuart Alan Streichler
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

Winter 2014: This course examines basic legal concepts, a sampling of major judicial decisions, the operation of courts in the United States, trial practice, and the overall question of justice in a legal system. Some attention is given to the way in which law is portrayed in literature and in different cultures and historical periods.

Student learning goals

To develop critical thinking skills by analyzing competing arguments on legal issues.

To analyze the advantages and limitations of legal institutions.

To learn how to read and interpret judicial opinions and legal texts.

To evaluate the extent to which the legal system promotes justice.

General method of instruction

Discussion with some lecture.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Tests, presentation, class participation, paper.


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 Stuart Alan Streichler
Date: 11/14/2013