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The American Legal System

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A comprehensive study of the nature of the judiciary and the court system and the major function the law serves in modern society. Students learn 1)the general structure of the U.S. legal system at the federal, state, and the local levels, 2)the roles of the various officials involved in the court system, 3)the differences in function and procedure among trial courts, appellate courts, and administrative hearings, 4)the difference between substantive and procedural law, and 5)the difference between criminal and civil law. Special attention is given to the detailed structure of the state and local courts in Nebraska.