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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


GOVT 3150 The American Legal System

Course description

(summer only) This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the American legal system, its roots in natural and common law, the purposes/values it serves (e.g., resolution of private grievances; punishment of offenses against the polity and individuals; preservation, development, and limitation of individual and group rights; and facilitation of commerce and private agreements), and the roles of the judiciary, legislature, and private parties. The course is taught using the Socratic method employed at most US law schools and introduces students to fundamental concepts and techniques used by attorneys and courts in analyzing cases, interpreting statutes, and determining disputes. As in law school, students are expected to read assigned materials before each class meeting and to participate actively in class discussions.


GOVT 3150 001-LEC Off-campus program: Cornell University Prelaw Program in New York City

Class dates:June 3-July 12, 2019
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:M-F 9 AM - 12 PM Other, Off-Campus
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Stewart, C. (ces78)
Max. enroll:40
To enroll:See Cornell University Prelaw Program in New York City for enrollment information.

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