History | Law in America
A222 | 26200 | Grossberg


Law in America will examine the American legal system from the
Revolution to the present.  It will use trials, judicial opinions,
statutes, stories, films, and other materials to study criminal
prosecutions, private law suits, and constitutional conflicts.  The
aim of the course is to help students understand why law has had
such a powerful role in the development of American society and the
consequences of the American reliance on law.  Students will be
asked to complete three short book reports, a mid-term exam, a final
exam, and periodic in-class assignments.  Readings will include a
collection of legal cases and documents, three short books on
particular topics such as slavery, economic regulation, and murder,
web sites on major trials, and short stories by authors like Herman
Melville.