2020 Courses

  • Summer Session 2020 courses will be added throughout the winter.

Course description

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. For additional information, see the Summer Session website.


Summer 2020: Off campus

Section ID:GOVT 3150 001-LEC
Program:Cornell University Prelaw Program in New York City
Class dates:June 8-July 17, 2020
Due date:Friday July 17, 9 AM - 12 PM / TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room: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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