Legal Reasoning and Argumentation

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Credit: 3.0 units of USC credit

Prerequisites: None

Special Dress Code: None

Course Materials:
Students are responsible for ordering and purchasing required student materials for each class.
We will share details mid-May.

Daily schedules will include morning and/or afternoon live class sessions (Pacific Time)
and will allow for independent and/or group work


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 and state 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 streams of U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and/or California Supreme Court proceedings
  • Learn how to prepare for, apply to, and succeed in law school
  • Talk with USC Law alumni, law students, law school admissions officers, practicing attorneys and judges

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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

We went to the court of appeals which was the best field trip that we went on. It was the most memorable because I really got to see what we have been learning in class really translates in the real world.

USC Summer Programs 2019 Student