Introduction to Legal Systems and Research – JURI 510

CG • Section • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is an introduction to legal research; fundamentals of legal writing; and fundamental analysis of treaties, customary law, and other sources of law. This course will provide an overview of current research techniques in the field of legal systems and research. Students will learn and apply professional writing skills in the early research paper drafting process and will incorporate techniques outlined in the course.




As the world continues to become more interconnected, the ability to understand different legal systems becomes increasingly more valuable. This course is designed to introduce the student to the foundational principles upon which legal systems have developed and grown. The student will examine the purpose, function, and historical development of different types of legal systems.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the basic structure of different legal systems.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of different sources of law.
  3. Critically evaluate the efficiency of different types of legal systems.
  4. Propose solutions for challenges that affect legal systems.
  5. Analyze case, statute, and constitutional provisions.
  6. Locate relevant law and articles controlling a factual problem.
  7. Demonstrate legal writing skills and proper legal citation style.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of how biblical principles have helped shape legal systems across the globe.

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 (4)

Discussion boards are a collaborative learning experience. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The thread must be between 400–600 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, integrate biblical principles, and include at least 1 scholarly source in addition to the textbook/course material cited in Bluebook format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be between 200–400 words and contain at least 1 scholarly source cited in Bluebook format.

Essays (4)

The student will write 5–6-page research essays in current Bluebook format that focuses on legal systems. The essay must include at least 5 additional scholarly sources in additon to the course textbook and the Bible.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 18–25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Note: LL.M students must add an additional 2500 words of writing in their final paper. This is a Pass/Fail component of this assignment. This is not required of the JM students.