POL 211 The Trial in American Life, 3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the fact-finding apparatus of the American legal system and the application of law and legal practices to a wide range of issues. By studying a series of actual trials -- from the Salem Witch Trials to contemporary cases -- students will gain a knowledge of the mechanics of advocacy; the legal, social, political, and cultural effects of particular trials; and the art of persuasion. Students will also be introduced to methods of evaluating legal controversies, analyzing issues, and making clear and persuasive written and oral arguments.

Previously offered as POL 252. Students may not receive credit for both POL 211 and POL 252.