Road Test Law School: Colorado Law Offers Eight Summer Undergraduate Courses

Colorado Law will offer undergraduate students the opportunity to take law classes this summer.  Students will be able to road test law school teaching.  The 2017 course schedule includes courses that explore a variety of practical and engaging topics. 

Whether you want to explore the legal field as a potential career or simply expand your knowledge, these courses will provide an enriching experience.

The 2017 undergraduate summer law classes include (course descriptions below):

  • Introduction To American Law
  • Introduction to Income Taxation (Individual Income Tax) (LAWS and ACCT)
  • Introduction to Law and Literature

Contact law-summer@colorado.edu for questions about Road Test Law School.

LAWS 4075: Introduction to American Law

  • 3 semester hours
  • Maymester: May 15-June 2, 2017
  • Instructor: Todd Stafford

LAWS 4075: Introduction to American Law

  • 3 semester hours
  • Augmester:  August 7-24, 2017
  • Instructor: Amy Bauer

This course introduces the American legal system and legal reasoning and argumentation via case studies of prominent litigation, such as the constitutional litigation over same-sex marriage or the mass toxic torts that were the subject of Agent Orange on Trial or A Civil Action. Students will learn basic conceptual building blocks of American law, including the hierarchy of court systems, how lawyers and courts make distinctions between facts and law, the relationships among common, statutory, and constitutional law, the interactions between procedural and substantive law, legal precedent, the interactions between federal and state law, the adversarial process, and the ethics and social norms that govern and shape the behavior of American lawyers. Students will also practice basic lawyering skills to provide a taste of what they would do in law school or as lawyers, including reading and interpreting constitutional provisions, statutes, or regulations, reading and understanding judicial opinions, and mapping out and making basic forms of legal arguments.

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LAWS 4007: Introduction to Income Taxation (Individual Income Tax)

  • 3 semester hours

ACCT 3440: Introduction to Income Taxation (Individual Income Tax)

  • 3 semester hours
  • Maymester: May 15-June 2, 2017
  • Instructor: David Hasen

This course will provide interested undergraduate business and accounting students with a general understanding of the federal income tax system. Students who complete the course will gain a good working knowledge of both the principles and the operation of the tax law; they should also gain a solid foundation on which to build greater expertise. The course will also focus on the mechanics of tax computation through a number of in-class exercises.

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LAWS 4458: Introduction To Law and Literature

This course will explore the intersection between law and literature and will provide an opportunity to think about the law by reading engaging short works of fiction and non-fiction, viewing important films, and examining the law from a humanistic and philosophical perspective.  Literature and film are important for understanding law because they present insights into the nature of law and social justice through the art and the imagination of storytellers.  Each class will explore one or more interrelated topics through a variety of films and literary works of short length. Readings and films might include works by Melville, Kafka, Glaspell, Morrison, Abbey, and others.  Topics might include:  race and justice; culture, law, and the political order; law, society, and power; interpretation, authority, and legitimacy; the criminal justice system, punishment, and retribution; and others.

 

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General Information about Summer Session:
http://www.colorado.edu/summer/

Enroll in a Summer Session course:
http://www.colorado.edu/summer/get-started/how-enroll-course