Course description

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.

From 6/20 through 6/22 class will meet from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

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Previously offered classes

Summer 2023: Off campus

Section ID:GOVT 3150 001-LEC
Program:Cornell University Prelaw Program in New York City
Session:Summer Extra-session
Class dates:June 5-28, 2023
Final exam/project due:Wednesday June 28, 9 AM - 12 PM / TBA (see Final exams)
Time / room:M-F 9 AM - 12 PM / TBA
Mode of instruction:In person
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Alban, M. (mla233)
Stewart, C. (ces78)
Max. enroll:20
Notes:From 6/20 through 6/22 class will meet from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
To enroll:See Cornell University Prelaw Program in New York City for enrollment information.
by Shelley Preston,
Cornell Chronicle, March 29, 2023