LAW 502A - The American Common Law System I
Instructor: John Erwin
Mo We 05:00 PM - 05:50 PM • October 15 - December 9 • Fall 2020
Section 101/201 • 3 units • Graded • Online
The American Common Law System I is one of two courses which conveys what is distinctive about the common law approach as a legal methodology and as a reflection and commentary on the history and politics of the American experience, from the early colonial period to the 21st century world of globalized commerce, human rights concerns and environmental and social justice. The course examines the history and sources of the common law, common law modes of legal rhetoric, argument, and communication skills and transformation and adaptation of the common law achieved through social justice and law reform movements. The weekly discussion sections will focus on the development of legal writing, research and critical reasoning skills necessary to solve legal problems, particularly in the context of predictive written communications to various audiences. The American Common Law System I course will focus primarily on Contract Law and Tort Law in the American legal system. Graduate students will be assigned differential graduate-level coursework outlined in the course syllabus.