William & Mary Law School is now offering a course titled “Introduction to the U.S. Legal System,” which teaches how judges and lawyers think and other information about the U.S. legal system. In a June 5, 2013 Law Technology News article titled Taste Law School Before You Buy!, Monica Bay reports that the course, which has a $2,799 price tag, will have an online component and three-days on campus.
Fredric Lederer, William & Mary Law School Chancellor Professor at Law and Director of Center for Legal and Court Training, says the goal of the program is to provide a basic understanding of the law and legal system to non-lawyers:
The program will address the mechanics of law, how law is made and modified; the role of trial and appellate courts; functions and perspectives of judges, lawyers, and court administrators; and the nature of civil and criminal litigation, administrative law, and alternative dispute resolution. It will include introductory material about a number of substantive legal areas.
Although the price seems steep, the concept of educating non-lawyers in the law and legal system is a great idea. LPR envisions a time when videos about all aspects of the law are available free online. What a great resource for legal consumers that would be!
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