POL 210 Introduction to the American Legal System, 3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with a working introduction to law in the United States. Broadly speaking, the course will cover the foundations of the legal system, the major substantive areas of the law, the legal process, and the effects of legislative and administrative developments of the law. Students will learn how the many components and varied processes of the legal system work together to form a coherent whole. In addition to gaining a solid understanding of the organization and structure of the legal system, students will also be introduced to methods of evaluating legal controversies, analyzing issues, and making clear and persuasive written arguments.

Previously offered as POL 251. Students may not receive credit for both POL 210 and POL 251.