A study of how civil and criminal law governs society. Purchases, leases, contracts, divorces, environmental issues, and criminal offenses will be explored. Emphasis will be on development of those skills necessary to recognize and better deal with common legal problems to be confronted throughout adult life. Three class hours.
An in-depth and comprehensive examination of one or two significant local "landmark" cases, from investigation through appeal. Course is designed to allow the distillation of legal principles by working with actual trial records, appellate briefs, and newspaper reports. When practical, actual participants in the trial and appeal (judge, lawyers, newspaper reporters, and others) will be asked to share their unique perspectives with the class. Students will be required to complete an interpretative essay on issues in the case. This course fulfills a social science elective. Three class hours.