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208.9S sec. 1 - Fundamentals of U.S. Law (Summer 2014)

Instructor: William H. D. Fernholz  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: MTuTh 2:00-3:50
Meeting Location: 110

Course Start: May 13, 2014
Course End: June 19, 2014


Fundamentals of U.S. Law introduces foreign law students to the American legal system, its fundamental principles, and the common-law method of case analysis. The initial classes focus primarily on introducing students to case analysis through the study of the development of American tort law doctrine. Students will learn how to read cases, find and synthesize holdings, and predict outcomes based on common law development. In subsequent classes, students will focus on the principal Constitutional doctrines that underpin the American legal system, including federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights. Students will also study the structure of the U.S. court system, the sources of U.S. law, the lawyer's role in the system, and the culture of the law in this country.

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  • Law in the United States
    by Charles F. Abernathy
    Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Thomson/West, c2006.
    ISBN: 9780314152237
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $199.00
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