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Fall 2022: Language of the Law Pre-Orientation (Optional)

Language of the Law: Concepts and Insights

August 1-5, 2022

Course Overview

The Language of the Law: Concepts and Insights boot camp is an optional program that offers incoming first-year students an introduction to the fundamentals of legal information. The course introduces students to the four types of law that govern our democratic society (constitutional law, statutory law, regulatory law and case law) and helps them begin to understand how they intersect and overlap with each other in application, creating a strong foundation students will benefit from throughout their law school career. The course will address six topics:  

  1. Structure of Legal Information
  2. Jurisdiction, Primary v. Secondary law, and Mandatory v. Persuasive Law
  3. Fundamentals of Case Law
  4. Fundamentals of Statutory Law
  5. Fundamentals of Regulatory Law
  6. Fundamentals of Secondary Sources

Course Details

Dates: August 1 - 5, 2022; the week prior to Emory Law's Welcome Week activities (August 8 - 12, 2022)

Cost: Free

Open to: incoming 1Ls at Emory Law

Materials required: None

All sessions will be held in Gambrell Hall in person. 

The registration form will be open soon and the registration deadline is July 27, 2022.


Course Schedule

Students will register for either morning or afternoon sessions. Students are expected to attend all sessions for which they are registered. No make-up classes will be available. The two schedules are shown below:

Date

Time

Topic

Monday, August 1

Morning: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

- Welcome and Introduction

- Structure of Legal Information

- Fundamentals of Jurisdiction

- Primary v. Secondary Authority

- Mandatory v. Persuasive Authority

Tuesday, August 2

Morning: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

- Fundamentals of Case Law

- Exercise #1 Assigned

- Tour of the MacMillan Law Library

Wednesday, August 3

Morning: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

- Fundamentals of Statutory Law

- Exercise #2 Assigned

Thursday, August 4

Morning: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

- Fundamentals of Regulatory Law

- Exercise #3 Assigned.

Friday, August 5

Morning: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon: 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.

- Fundamentals of Secondary Sources

- Exercise #4 Assigned (optional)

- Wrap-up


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Language of the Law bootcamp,

1. Incoming 1Ls will be able to describe and understand the four types of laws that govern the United States in order to have a better understanding, at the beginning of their law school career, of how “the law” is written and how it works in the real world as well as how it is used as a tool for teaching legal concepts.

2. Incoming 1Ls will be able to articulate the difference between a statute and a regulation, thus preparing them for a broader understanding of the concepts taught in 1L Leg/Reg on the first day of classes.

3. Incoming 1Ls will learn how to navigate multiple legal resources to discover legal authority appropriate for different types of legal analysis thus preparing them for success in ILARC.

4. Incoming 1Ls will understand the fundamental structure of legal information in order to provide a framework for understanding core concepts in all future classes, regardless of the type of law (statutory-based courses such as Contracts and Civil Procedure, case law-based courses such as Property and Torts, agency and regulatory-based courses such as Leg/Reg, Health Law or Environmental Law, and constitutionally-based courses such as Con Law and Criminal Procedure).


Course Instructors

Christina Glon, Associate Law Librarian for Research Services, MacMillan Law Library

Elizabeth Christian, Law Librarian for Research Services, MacMillan Law Library

Erin Grimes, Law Librarian for Archives and Research Services, MacMillan Law Library

David Yoo, Law Librarian for Research Services, MacMillan Law Library