American Legal System

 

 

 

American Legal System with Jason Leggett
Section: Pol 6700-01 (5758)

Syllabus

Designed for, but not limited to, students interested in a pre-law curriculum. The American judicial process at the federal and state levels will be investigated.
Successful completion of this course satisfies one Civic Engagement interaction.

My Information:
Office Hours: D-221 on Wednesdays 9-10:20 & 1:50 – 3:00 or by appointment.
Email: jasonmleggettkbcc@gmail.com
Blog: jleggett.commons.gc.cuny.edu

Course Website:https://jasonmleggett.commons.gc.cuny.edu/american-legal-system-outline/

Required Materials:
Law and Identity, Publisher: University Readers, Preliminary Edition, Year Published: 2017. Please contact 800.200.3908 x5603 with any questions.

Going South: Jewish Women in the Civil Rights Movement, New York University Press, First Edition, Year Published: 2001.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the semester students should memorize and utilize new vocabulary to engage with others in a dialogue about what the American Legal system can mean and form research based (informed) conclusions about issues in law under a constitution. You will be graded on the additional “college readiness” outcomes below.

Important outcomes for college readiness include:
Reading Comprehension
Writing Skills
Organizing Skills
Dialogue
Self-Learning Assessment

Grading: This is a points-based class and will follow the traditional 4.0 model scale.
Reading Quizzes: 25%; Discussion Questions: 10%; Video Game Design & Presentation in Groups: 50%; Midterm: 15%

Kingsborough values a measurement of your ability to:

Assess information from a variety of sources by locating, reading, commenting on, and listening actively to other points of view about that information;

Critically examine (apply understanding), in verbal and written form, how the courts, and law as an extension, affect society through scientific observation and individual experience;

Analyze the american legal system as a collective decision making institution, co- equal branch of democratic government through critical theories in social sciences and the humanities (liberal arts);

Examine by theorizing (create) about the basic structure of the U.S legal and political systems, including the functions, historical and modern, of the courts particularly as they relate to global problems and democratic rule of law.

Attendance:
According to the student and faculty handbooks The college allows for you to miss 6 hours of this course for any reason. While those students who attend every class tend to get better grades we all know life events can interfere with the ability to achieve this goal. If you are having trouble attending or foresee absences above 6 hours please see me as soon as possible or email me so that we might find alternatives.

Access-Ability:
AAS (D205, 718-368-5175) provides appropriate accommodations and assistance to students with disabilities. Please contact them if needed.

Course Outline by clicking here.