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ML: US Law and Legal Methods (Grogan)

Summer 2024   LAW 511-301  

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John Grogan

Lecturer in Law

Additional Information
Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement



Class meets in person.

Meeting Times/Location
TR 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Gittis Hall 213

Masters in Law


Now more than ever a basic understanding of U.S. legal principals is indispensable across a wide array professional and academic landscapes. This survey course introduces non-law students to all aspects of U.S. law through a combination of case law and the Socratic method, both techniques unique to legal education. This methodology stimulates critical thinking and can be valuable whether you decide to enter law school or not. The course explores the structure of government and the constitutional foundations of the U.S. legal system and covers a wide range of topics in the areas of civil, criminal, and administrative law. The course will incorporate recent cases of note into the curriculum and provide an overview of legal issues which impact professionals in a variety of fields, including but not limited to law. JD, LLM, and LLCM students are not permitted to take this class.


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Edition: 6th edition
Publisher: Oxford
ISBN: 9780197662571

"Overview of U.S. Law " by JR Swanegan, Ellen S. Podgor
Edition: Second Edition 2019
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
ISBN: 9781531002398

"Unfair: the New Science of Injustice" by Adam Benfortado
Edition: Jun 14, 2016
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780770437787