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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Cornell University Prelaw Program in New York City

June 4-July 13, 2018

Course

As a Prelaw Program participant, you enroll in a four-credit course, GOVT 3150 The American Legal System.

This course offers you 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.

Professor Stewart teaches the course using the Socratic method, which is employed at most U.S. 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, you're expected to read assigned materials before each class meeting and to participate actively in class discussions.