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American Law and Litigation

We are no longer admitting high school students to the 2018 Summer Session.

Explore how the American legal system operates, and hone your critical thinking skills through extensive reading and analysis, as you learn to think like a litigator. After an overview of how the American common law system developed into the court structure that exists today, you will read the full text of actual U.S. landmark Constitutional cases, while learning how to decipher legal terminology and to conduct legal analysis. Through critical examination, you will gain insight into the ways in which law is continually interpreted and reinterpreted, and how courts attempt to dispense justice while balancing competing social interests. Rigorous and respectful discussion of contentious issues raised by the cases we are considering will make up the morning part of this class. In the afternoon, students will practice oral advocacy, learning courtroom skills that they will use in the course's culminating mock trials where each student will be expected to perform a direct examination, a cross-examination, and either an opening statement or a closing argument. A previous U.S. history course is strongly recommended, but not required, prior to taking this course. This class will include a field trip to the state and federal courts. All students must bring a photo ID; if you are an international student, a passport will be required to enter Federal court. Make sure to pack professional-looking attire to attend court (both on our field trips and during our mock trials). If you own a suit, bring it. If not, pack dress pants or skirts (no minis), dress shirts, and dress shoes. Jeans, sneakers, shorts, miniskirts, and flip flops will not be allowed in court.

Course Code

SOSC 25301




High School Students


Social Sciences

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Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri

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Primary Instructor

Elizabeth Scott


Session II

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  • Students who apply will be admitted using rolling admission and require a $50 application fee.
  • The Summer Session application deadline is May 1, 2018. Students may apply after this deadline, but will be required to pay an additional $100 rush processing fee.
  • For all courses still open, international students must submit all application materials before April 9.
  • For domestic students, rolling admissions will typically close by early May; this may be earlier for specific programs that fill.

Cost & Aid

Total Cost (includes Tuition, Housing and Dining, and Fees): $6,500.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.