Foundations of American Legal Process & Public Policy – LPCY 700

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course explores the implementation of public policy through the American legal system. Students will be introduced to the foundational principles of the American legal tradition, including the continuing influence of the common law system and the significance of statutory law. Students will examine the principles and purposes of American civil and criminal law while examining the complexity of the relationship between and intersection of law and public policy. 

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


In order to understand and analyze issues of law and policy, it is critical that one have an understanding of the American legal system.  Accordingly, this course provides an overview of the American legal system including substantive areas as well as issues of procedure.  Finally, this course does all of that from the perspective of a distinctly Christian worldview. 

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Peer-Review Discussions (2)

Peer-Review Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to post his or her Article Review as a thread for each Discussion. In addition to the thread, the student is required to at least 2 classmates’ threads and at least 1 classmate’s reply to his or her own thread for a total of at least 3 replies. Each reply must be 500 words. (CLO: A-E) 

Article Review Assignments (2)

The student will write a 1,500-2,000-word research-based paper in current APA format that reviews an excellent scholarly article chosen by the student addressing a topic related to law and policy covered in the course. The paper must include at least 3 scholarly, academic or legal sources in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. (CLO: A-E) 

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module: week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 17 multiple-choice and essay questions, and have a 90-minute time limit. (CLO: A-E)