Introduction to U.S. Law and The Way Lawyers Think

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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
June 28, 2021 - August 11, 20216/28 - 8/116 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineKatie Ahern
June 28, 2021 - August 11, 20216/28 - 8/116 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineKatie Ahern
July 12, 2021 - July 30, 20217/12 - 7/303 WeeksM-F 8:30A-11:20AWaitlistedOn-CampusTBD
July 12, 2021 - July 30, 20217/12 - 7/303 WeeksM-F 12:15P-3:05PWaitlistedOn-CampusKatie Ahern

Course Description

Because the law affects nearly all aspects of daily life, studying our society’s legal framework empowers students to step into leadership roles, help others, and change the world around them. In addition, students can greatly improve their decision-making by understanding the way that lawyers, lawmakers, and judges think.

This course offers insight and a head start for students considering a legal education, as well as a valuable advantage for students in any field. Your instructor, an attorney and law professor, will teach at an introductory level while giving you a sense of the law school approach to education.

We will explore the following topics through real examples, hypotheticals, group discussion, and interactive exercises:

1. The legal system in the U.S., sources of U.S. law, and why U.S law looks the way it does 2. How to analyze issues like an attorney 3. Different types of lawyers, what lawyers really do, and how lawyers help and add value 4. Options for practicing law in different ways and environments 5. The role legal concepts play in other industries 6. Law school and the path to becoming a lawyer 7. A variety of legal areas, such as constitutional law, criminal law, civil law, the court system, and business law 8.. The practical impact of legal concepts on real world issues

This course also introduces students to other legal professionals to emphasize the breadth of the legal industry and to add additional perspectives to our discussions. Past virtual and live class visitors have included: judges, practicing attorneys in a variety of legal fields, and law students.

Prerequisites: None

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEPS0960

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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