LAW 110 - Great Trials
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 the MCC requirement for a social science elective. Three class hours.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain how individual rights have been influenced by the legal system throughout United States history.
2. Explain how selected landmark cases reflect basic principles of United States law.
3. Illustrate and explain the appellate court process.
4. Analyze cases using the case law method.
5. Express legal literacy.
Course Offered Spring only