- Please read The Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald M. Stern. Available at the campus bookstore or other book retailers. Students are REQUIRED to read the book Buffalo Creek Disaster before classes start, and one of the first assignments for Foundations is writing a 2-page essay on a portion of the book, due the first day of class.
– Buffalo Creek Disaster Assignment
- Introduction to U.S. Legal Systems – Read for Tuesday, August 12.
– Introduction to U.S. Legal System
- Introduction to Reading Cases & Writing Case Briefs – An introduction to case briefing session will be held during orientation. Please read the attached case and complete the “Beginning Case-Reading Worksheet.” Bring the case and your completed worksheet to the session on Tuesday, August 12.
– Meints v Huntington
– Beginning Case-Reading Worksheet
- Anatomy of Civil Litigation – Please review and be prepared to discuss the material on anatomy of civil litigation; also, draft a complaint in accordance with the instruction in section 5-b, on page 3 for Wednesday, August 13.
– Anatomy of Civil Litigation
- Introduction to Legal Citation – Please read the following citations rules for the class session on legal citation on Wednesday, August 13. There readings are an abridgment of Rule 12 in the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation. Please bring you ALWD book and clickers to the class.
– Introduction to Legal Citation
- Writing an Effective Paragraph – Read for Wednesday, August 13
– Paragraph Writing – Jackrabbit case
- What It Means To Be a Lawyer – Student Break-Out Groups. Read these two documents in preparation for the class session on what it means to be a lawyer scheduled for Friday, August 15. Students will be divided into 4 groups and sent to 4 different classrooms for this session. The session will be conducted as a regular class and led by law professors. Please read the two documents and be prepared to discuss. Before Orientation you will be sent a list of questions to consider for the session.
– Dr. King’s letter from Birmingham Jail
– John Adams’ defense of the British Soldiers following the Boston Massacre