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535 - Legal History- American (3 hours)*
A study of how the law has reflected and shaped American culture. The course includes English origins of ideas of individual rights and limited government, controversies that shaped the American Revolution, the development of torts in the 19th century, and how the controversy over slavery shaped the Fourteenth Amendment. The course gives the student an opportunity to see some familiar legal issues and doctrines in a new perspective and to develop oral presentation and advocacy skills—e.g. in constructing and performing appellate arguments of historic cases.
* This course may be offered for 2 hours during some years.