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Introduction to U.S. Legal System (LLM Only) (Fall 2019)

  • Course Number: LAW-520
  • Class Number: 04023
  • Instructor: Nicole Webster

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the structure and operation of the United States legal system.  The course is designed to help foreign-trained lawyers understand the workings of legal practice in the United States.

The class examines the basic structure and operation of government in the United States, particularly the judicial branch, and will focus on the method of making and enforcing law in the United States.  This course also considers the historical context in which the legal system in the United States developed. 

Further, this class explores the foundational values of United States law, such as due process and equality. The course also will present an overview of both U.S. Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure

 

Location of class is SAL 101

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 2
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: M 12:00 pm - 1:50 pm
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
  • Participation: Expected and encouraged; not graded