Duquesne University School of Law


Elective Course
Course Requirement: exam
Fulfills Concentration Elective:  Criminal Law

Introduction to the judicial process and its many dimensions, including legal philosophy, jurisprudence, the common law, statutory and constitutional construction, precedent, decision making theory, burdens of proof, standards of appellate review and other concepts. Our study of the adjudication process is thoroughly covered by the required texts, which include writings by leading jurists and scholars of American law.  We will explore essential principles of adjudication during our lectures and class discussions.  The course will draw upon the practical experiences of the adjunct professor as trial and appellate judge, appellate law clerk, and trial lawyer.

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