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513 Legal Methods (2)

Through lecture and discussion, this course aims at the “big picture” that connects and underlies the disparate parts of the first year curriculum in law and the lifetime of legal study that lies ahead. Our common law heritage is contrasted with that of the rest of the world’s legal systems. Case law and statutes are located at the center of dispute resolution and as the foundation of legal planning. The structure of court systems in the United States are described. Fundamental distinctions between cases and statutes, between public and private law, between law and fact, are drawn and analyzed. Additionally, the legal actors in our system, lawyers and judges, are examined from a variety of perspectives. This course also addresses the skills necessary for success in law school. The course focuses on the nexus between the analytical skills, test-taking skills, and the classroom experience.

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