The Legal Services course will provide students with an overview of the system of laws in the United States and the practice areas and career options in the field.
Students will learn about how the legal system operates to control how society punishes those who commit crimes and settles disputes, as well as how criminal and civil cases reach court and are resolved. They will learn about the courtroom and the basics of a typical court case.
Students will learn about constitutional rights and legal safeguards, as well as how technology has changed the practice of law. They will also learn about legal education and careers in law for attorneys and non-attorneys with an interest in the field.
- Understand the basics of the U.S. legal system.
- Explain the significant historical events that impacted the formation of the current legal system.
- Understand how the rule of law influences the modern world.
- Distinguish between the various types of written laws and select the most appropriate for a given situation or application.
- Understand the Bill of Rights and analyze the impact of Supreme Court decisions regarding those important rights.
- Identify the roles of court personnel.
- Evaluate a controversy or dispute to determine what legal recourse is available to the aggrieved parties; as well as be able to analyze and determine the appropriate use of various types of evidence.
- Summarize the steps to admission to law school and be familiar with court requirements for the Juris Doctor program.
- Understand the role of the paralegal and be able to evaluate various career options in the legal workforce.
Legal Services Course Requirements
For topics in this course it is helpful for students to be familiar with the basics of U.S. history and the organization of the U.S. government.
If students are not familiar with these topics, it is recommended, though not required that they familiarize themselves with the structure of the government in the United States. This includes reading the U.S. Constitution, reviewing the roles of the three branches of the federal government, as well as reviewing the structure of various state governments.