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.

June 17, 18, and 20 class will meet from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

Summer 2024: Off campus

C. Evan Stewart
C. Evan Stewart
Senior partner, Cohen & Gresser LLP, NYC
by Shelley Preston,
Cornell Chronicle, March 29, 2023