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This course will examine various aspects of America’s legal system, including its historical and constitutional underpinnings; the processes of resolving disputes, e.g., trials, plea-bargaining, and civil settlement; and the roles of diverse participants in the system, e.g., judges, jurors, litigants, lawyers, and legislators. The course will emphasize the deeply interdisciplinary nature of law, exploring the law’s intersections with politics, history, economics, anthropology, statistics, psychology, philosophy, art, sports, science, religion, and cyberspace.
Format: lecture; lecture-discussion
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
three papers, a final exam, and class participation; attendance is mandatory; Williams' honor code applies to all assignments
first-years and sophomores