American Legal System

American Legal System with Jason Leggett

Section: Pol 6700-06 (69607)


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 Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:20-11:20 or by appointment.


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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
Self-Learning Assessment

Grading: Students will co-create grading rubrics based on our final project and standards under Digital+ Critical Participatory Action Research.

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.

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.

AAS (D205, 718-368-5175) provides appropriate accommodations and assistance to students with disabilities. Please contact them if needed.Feel free to meet with me to discuss any other or additional accomodations. I work to create a classroom environment that is conducive to all students.