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Law & Society Alan S. Nemeth GVPT331 [email protected] MW....9:00 AM – 9:50 AM 1140 D Tydings Hall P) 301-405-2817 Jimenez 0220 Office Hours: MW....11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Teaching Assistants: Mariam Memarsadeghi: 5141 Tydings Hall, Phone: 301-405-4557 Discussion sections: Friday, 10 AM, 11 AM, and 1 PM Office Hours: M….10:30 AM – 12:15 PM Sung-Wook Paik: 1135A Tydings Hall, Phone: 301-405-5021 Discussion sections: Thursday 2 PM, 3 PM, and Friday 9 AM Office Hours: TH….4:30 PM – 5:30 PM and F….10:30 AM – 11:30 AM As the course catalog says, this class will be a study of the basis of law and its relationship with various contemporary institutions such as the courts, the legal profession, and society at large. We will review a variety of cases and topics in the law. We will also bring current events and legal issues in the news into our review of law and society. Therefore, it would be good for you to watch the news in whatever medium you prefer – TV, radio, internet, etc. As we review the cases, the legal concepts, and current events, we will discuss the effects on society of that particular aspect of the law and how society views those issues. The midterm will account for 30% of your grade, the final will account for the final 30% of your grade, a group project will account for 30% of your grade, and class participation will account for 10% of your grade. To earn an A for participation, you can miss no more than 3 discussion classes (which means that you attended 90% of them). For a B, you must have attended at least 22 discussion classes, and so on. Simply being there will not earn you full participation points – you should participate. Your grade will not necessarily rely on how much you talk, but rather the quality of what you bring to the discussion. Your TA’s will give you a better idea of what they’ll be looking for concerning class participation. The plus/minus grading system will be used. Book: Introduction to American Law By: McAlinn, Rosen, Stern September 3 Introduction Basic Principles of American Law Read Chapter 1 Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. Hialeah http://www.oyez.org/cases/1990-1999/1992/1992_91_948/ 8 The Jury System Read Chapter 2 10 The Legal Profession Read Chapter 3 15 Constitutional Law: Individual Rights Read Chapter 417 Constitutional Law: Individual Rights Read Chapter 4 22 Constitutional Law: Individual Rights Read Chapter 4 24 Civil Procedure and the Federal Courts Read Chapter 5 29 Civil Procedure and the Federal Courts Read Chapter 5 October 1 Contracts Read Chapter 6 6 Contracts Read Chapter 6 8 Tort and Product Liability Read Chapter 7 13 Tort and Product Liability Read Chapter 7 15 Review Class Email questions to me or TAs 20 Midterm 22 Property/Wills & Trusts Read Chapter 8 Review: http://www.abanet.org/rpte/public/home.html 27 Property/Wills & Trusts Read Chapter 8 Review: http://www.abanet.org/rpte/public/home.html 29 Property/Wills & Trusts Read Chapter 8 Review: http://www.abanet.org/rpte/public/home.html November 3 Election Law (electoral college, voting, campaign finance) http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/10/schneider.electoral/index.html http://www.fec.gov/ans/answers.shtml http://www.ncsl.org/programs/legismgt/elect/EC_bills_2007-2008.htm http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/pages/faq.php Handout Group Project Assignment 5 Intellectual Property Read Chapter 9 10 Intellectual Property Read Chapter 9 12 Business Law Read Chapter 11 17 Business Law Read Chapter 11 19 Marriage and the Family Read Chapter 12 24 Marriage and the Family Read Chapter 1226 Administrative Law Read Chapter 13 December 1 Administrative Law Read Chapter 13 3 Criminal Law and Procedure Read Chapter 10 8 Criminal Law and Procedure Read Chapter 10 10 TBD 18 Final 8:00 am - 10:00


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