Syllabus & Course Overview

Syllabus

An updated copy of the course syllabus is available here.


Course Overview

orginalism The course is divided in four parts, as follows:

Part 1Rules and their interpretation – How are legal rules applied to individual cases? Are they applied literally or in accordance to their purpose?

Part 2Laws and facts How do “matters of fact” differ from “matters of law”? How do jurors reach conclusions about the facts of a case?

Part 3Legal precedents – How do judges tell when a previous case constitute a precedent that applies to a new case? When are precedents overruled?

Part 4Mock trials – You will argue famous court cases — some older and others more recent — about abortion, Obama care and same sex marriage.

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