The American Legal System

Module 3 of 6 - The American Legal System  — Procedure

Please complete the assignments below. When you are finished, click "Finish Module" (below) to continue on to the next module.

Students will

  • gain an overview of civil procedure in American courts
  • understand events before trial (pre-trial procedure)
  • understand the process of a trial, the jury charge, and the verdict
  • learn about the initiation of an appeal, based on a claim of error by the trial judge

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1.5 hrs

  • ch. 10, "Procedure" , 0.5 hrs.
  • PDF Link: Terms and Definitions, 1.0 hr.

    Module 3 - Terms and Definitions – Procedure - Use any good print or online legal dictionary to look up these terms. A response appears in the next module under "HANDOUT."


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3 (current)

The Legislative Process - Professor Jim Dodge

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2 (past)

Structure of the Courts - Professor Shaun Jamison

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1 (past)

The American Legal System - Professor Shaun Jamison

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  • Click here to view the handout (Model Answer for Terms and Definitions exercise uploaded in previous module: "The Judicial System.").