Legal Reasoning and Argumentation

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Credit: 3.0 units of USC credit

Prerequisites: None

Course Materials: A list of student materials required for each course,
as well as purchase options, will be provided by May 1st

Daily Schedule, Monday through Friday

AM Session(s) PM Session(s)
11:00 – 12:30 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) 2:30 – 4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)

Please note: In addition to assignments and independent work, all courses have a morning and afternoon live class session. For students
joining from overseas, faculty will provide recordings of certain classes that can be watched a-synchronously at a more convenient time.
Participation, attendance and expectations for the course will be provided by your instructor.


Have you ever wondered how lawyers think, and why they think, differently from other people? Learn the skills necessary for successful legal reasoning and how to relate this knowledge to everyday problems. Watch federal appellate court proceedings and see these skills applied (and mis-applied) in real life. At the end of the course, you will have a portfolio of documents that demonstrate your experience with legal analysis and writing.


  • Analyze real legal cases
  • Watch U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals proceedings
  • Learn how to prepare for, apply to, and succeed in law school
  • Talk with USC Law alumni and/or admissions officers

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Topic of Study

  • Case analysis
  • Legal reasoning
  • Legal writing
  • Oral advocacy
  • Court systems and the development of law
  • Law school admissions

It was the most incredible learning experience of my life, I got to learn about an area I love in a challenging environment.

Ashley B., Florida (Summer Programs 2020)