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Intro to US Law and Legal Methods

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LAWM 511 301
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Special session: 06/06/2019 to 07/25/2019
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Now more than ever a basic understanding of U.S. legal principles is indispensable across a wide array professional and academic landscapes. This survey course introduces professionals and non-law students to all aspects of U.S. law through a combination of case law and the Socratic method, both techniques unique to legal education. This methodology stimulates critical thinking and is valuable whether law school is in your future or you simply want to better understand your work or studies. The course explores the structure of government and the constitutional foundations of the U.S. legal system and covers a wide range of topics in the areas of civil, criminal, and administrative law. The course will incorporate recent cases of note into the curriculum and will provide an overview of legal issues which impact professionals in a variety of fields.

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

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