Legal institutions and processes; law as a system of social thought and behavior and a frame of order within which rival claims are resolved and compromised; legal reasoning; law as a process of protecting and facilitating voluntary arrangements in a business society. Offered: AWSp.
Intro to Law provides an understanding of the structure, basic concepts and underlying principles of the U.S. legal system. Students learn about procedure, legal terminology, and the way in which law attempts to resolve conflict and maintain fundamental rights.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture, PowerPoint presentations, class discussions, visitor(s), small-group discussions.
Daily attendance, reading and close study of the assigned materials, and attention/participation in class.
Class assignments and grading
Readings from two books: "Law 101: Everything You Needed to Know About the American Legal System," by Jay M. Feinman, and "A Civil Action," by Jonathan Harr; published opinions of federal and state court cases; newspaper, magazine and online news stories about court cases and legal issues, and other informational handouts about the U.S. judicial system.
Weekly quizzes (given Fridays): 1/3 of final course grade Mid-term examination (July 21): 1/3 of final course grade Final examination (August 18): 1/3 of final course grade