LGL 101 - Introduction to Law
Course Description: This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the legal process in theory and practice. Students will be introduced to legal concepts, principles and procedures, including the structure of the U.S. legal system, federalism, the role of the judicial, legislative, and executive branches. The course will explore categories of law and students will learn how to apply law to hypothetical sets of facts.
ISLOs: This course supports student development of Critical Thinking, Social Responsibility, and Personal and Professional Development.
Prerequisite(s): Eligible for ENG 101.
General Education Elective(s): Social Science
Note(s): This course has been approved to meet the Core Curriculum General Education Requirement.
Course Student Learning Outcomes:
- Describe the branches of U.S. government and the concept of federalism.
- Explain how U.S. law is made and interpreted and how the U.S. court system operates, including the court hierarchy system, the difference between trial and appellate courts, and the concept of precedent or stare decisis.
- Interpret and analyze a court decision, and draft a case brief of an appellate case.
- Identify the difference between substantive and procedural law, and discuss substantive areas of law, such as family law, wills and probate, tort law, contract law, and criminal law.
- Discuss the role of a paralegal and other court personnel.
- Apply law to hypothetical fact patterns to predict an outcome.
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