Advanced Logic and Legal Reasoning – GOVT 409

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will address advanced concepts of logic and legal reasoning and engage the student in practical applications to reinforce sound legal thinking.

Prerequisite

GOVT 200

Rationale

The two primary goals of the Pre-Law and Policy program are to provide an opportunity for the student to obtain skills that will assist him/her in both obtaining admittance and succeeding in law school. Likewise, the purpose of this course is to further expose the undergraduate student to principles of logic and reasoning that are used in the legal community, including logic and legal reasoning skills relevant to the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and to the rigors of the legal profession.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine formal techniques of evaluating logic.
  2. Apply rules and techniques in order to understand legal reasoning.
  3. Formulate reasoned and cogent legal arguments.
  4. Evaluate complex fact patterns in order to efficiently apply the information to relevant issues.
  5. Apply techniques necessary to address the logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and reading comprehension questions the student will face on the LSAT exam.
  6. Articulate biblical standards of logic and reasoning in theory and practice.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (7)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words.

LSAT Exam Research Paper

The student will locate articles that address the research performed by Berkley on how studying for the LSAT exam can alter brain structure. Then, based upon all the reading and reviewing for this course, the student will write a 5–8-page paper analyzing how the LSAT exam tests logic and legal reasoning skills, including deductive and inductive reasoning and understanding of fallacies. At least 3 quality sources must be used to support the student’s position. Also, at the end of the paper the student must include a paragraph that states the date the student will take the LSAT and a list of actions to be taken prior to that date in order to prepare for the LSAT exam. The research paper must follow current Bluebook formatting.

LSAT Exams (7)

The student will complete 7 LSAT practice exams. The exams will cover logic games, logical reasoning, and reading comprehension. Each exam will take 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete.