513 Legal Methods (2)

Through a problem-solving approach, this course focuses on tying together fundamental aspects of the law school curriculum and the practice of law, with an emphasis on what it means (and how to learn) to “think like a lawyer.”  Topics include the structure of court systems in the United States, the role of judges and legislatures, the nature of the common law system, basics of statutory interpretation, critical reading skills, reasoning from precedent, reasoning from authority, using and analyzing facts, analogical reasoning, rule synthesis and the role of ethics and professionalism. This course also addresses the skills necessary for success in law school, focusing on the nexus between analytical skills, test-taking skills and the classroom experience.

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