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This course introduces students in the M.S in Legal Studies program to the basics of the U.S. Legal System, including the structure of the federal courts, use of precedent, and methods of
reading, analyzing and synthesizing case law. Basic terminology and principles of common law subjects - including torts, contracts and property - are introduced and explored through
case law readings. In addition, the course will provide experience in the research and writing skills necessary for effective legal analysis and clear oral and written communication, including
hands-on experience using Schaffer Law Library and electronic resources.