Justice Served: Ongoing Supreme Court Case Discussion
Calling all legal eagles - come explore the law each week to learn how to read, interpret and critically analyze the most important United States Supreme Court decisions.
Kirsten Bowman JD
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The U.S. Supreme Court is the highest court in the country, has ultimate jurisdiction and hands down over 100 decisions each year. Yet, many U.S. citizens know little about the process of our judicial system. Each week learners will address a Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision. Together we will learn how the case came to the court, the interesting details of the case (for example, who argued it, why it was chosen etc), and then move on the analyze the judicial reasoning within the case in...
Learners will develop the ability to find Supreme Court decisions, to read Supreme Court Decisions, to understand Supreme Court decisions, and to critically analyze Supreme Court Decisions. Ultimately, learners will gain critical thinking skills and continue to develop the capacity to be involved and educated citizens through this course.
As a practicing human rights lawyer, I follow U.S. Supreme Court decisions regularly and am adept at analyzing the reasoning and conclusions of case law.
Each week, prior to class, the case for the upcoming week will be announced in the classroom. Learners will be responsible for reading (assigned sections) and summarizing the case before class. A graphic organizer will be provided to assist learners in the summarizing of case decisions.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Largely controversial subjects will not be undertaken in this course. The course does not push any one agenda and is set up to help learners understand how justices come to legal reasoning and conclusions, rather than to place any substantive judgement on a topic. However, the case will be announced prior to the class, and if a student or family is uncomfortable with the particular case to be studied that week, they can opt out of the class for that week and pick back up again the following week.
Kirsten Bowman JDHuman Rights Lawyer, Advocate and Professor
602 total reviews
316 completed classes
I am a human rights lawyer by profession and a university professor and homeschooling mom by passion. I have my JD with a specialization in international law and will complete my PhD in international law in 2021. I have travelled the world...