Mar 29, 2016
I enjoyed this course but you really need to have some legal background to get the most out of it. The assignments were worth the time they took and I learned a lot trying to grade my fellow students.
Nov 28, 2017
Really interesting course, quite intense, especially in week 1. Good instructor who engages students (quite a feat for an online course) and encourages one to think about law in different ways.
автор: Victoria S•
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автор: Julius G•
Jul 18, 2017
This course is far more difficult to complete for credit than it seems based on the syllabus and marketing materials, and that is a good thing for serious learner. The readings are long and complex and must be completed in order to get anything of value from the course. Just watching the lectures only gives you a small percentage of the concepts being transmitted in this course which is really for pre-law students or serious learners.
One serious drawback is the peer grading system which you have to go through in order to complete assignments and get a certificate. Too many of the students do not complete the assigned readings and then try to answer the professor's question based only on the 5-10 minute lecture or their pure opinion. Often written in poor English (because the student is not a native English speaker), these same students are the ones who will grade my serious assignment. The results are not good - too much pettiness and downright revengeful grading. I got through it but it is a serious flaw because it's unfair. These are not peers.
Other flaws are the the course length (it should be spread over about four to six weeks instead of three), and there is no participation by teaching assistants (none, zero, zilch).
In the end I got a lot out this course but I was persistent and I have already have two degrees from major universities.
автор: Sulaiman B•
Feb 08, 2016
This was a very good intro course.
Some additions that could be applied may include: describing different types of motions (interrogatives, cross motions); types of judgments (proscriptions, summary judgments, enjoinment), types of memoranda, or even a FOIA request.
Maybe a look into work product privilege, protected documentation, principles of discovery. And finally, a little intro into the art of using case law as an event or test, for example; in "Miranda", "Keller", "Brown", or the "McDonnell Douglas test".
I understand this is just an intro, but if these things could be fit in somehow that would be cool.
автор: Nuria L G•
Sep 19, 2016
The course presents interesting topics about law in a concise way and invites reflection. My background in law was quite limited and even though I struggled to understand everything the first week, I now comprehend the principles of common law and have the right tools to approach legal decisions. Doing this course has been a very enriching experience for me because not only have I learned more about key concepts in law, but I have also improved my way of writing and summarizing information.
автор: Beatriz H•
Jan 27, 2020
I really enjoyed this course! The professor is extremely well spoken and engaging and makes easily understandable analogies to picture what he's saying. My only criticism is that some assingments didn't have clear questions, which made my ( a seventeen year old with English as a second language ) understanding of said assignments a bit confusing. Other than that, I recommend this course to anyone who's starting law school or is interested in the topic!
автор: Tommy V•
Jan 29, 2019
The course does a pretty good job on giving a primer in legal concepts that may be useful if you consider following a law degree, or just if you are interest in law. The chunks are so that they tackle one or a coherent set of concepts in 10 to 15 minutes, which is ideal to study it in between other activities you may have.
автор: Konstantinos A•
Oct 02, 2019
Very interesting and well structured course. Its content undoubtedly cannot be found in every Law school. However, every person willing to enroll in this course must keep in mind that this particular course focuses primarily on American law and thus many a thing may be inapplicable to their homeland's special law.
автор: alex s•
Jan 25, 2016
Okay class. Could deal more with terminology, how to break down a case to read it and obtain information. How to's of it all. From getting the case on my desk, breaking into segments, how to make a claim and finding laws to support it. What is a theory versus what is a developed idea.
автор: Philip P•
Sep 14, 2016
Fascinating. A lot of depth, with so much supplementary reading you get out what you put in, but it felt rushed and with so many unassessed topics some seemed inconsequential. I would have preferred it to have been spread out over another week with a couple extra assessments overall.
автор: Jan Z•
Apr 28, 2017
Good overview for law beginners, interesting lectures and useful tips.
The downsides are the peer-review system of grading (sometimes you get a bad grade and there is no explanation why) and the fact that the links to recommended and mandatory literature are not working.
автор: METTA S•
Jan 09, 2020
This course is really nice for anyone who want to start law school. But it is completely in US context. Though the concepts remain the same across common law countries, Indian students and non Us students probably find it difficult to do the course.
автор: Julienne T•
Dec 26, 2015
I found the range of topics extremely helpful and relevant. There were some minor technical problems with regards to grading, but overall, I really enjoyed the learning experience from this particular course.
автор: Micah K•
Jul 07, 2017
Great course. Very useful skills and helpful lessons. Definitely a lot of work and the lectures aren't incredibly intuitive, but useful if you are preparing for your first year of law school.
автор: Hesham O K•
Nov 13, 2015
it is great for citizens students, However, the speaker uses such a little hard vocabulary to understand for international students as me. I really enjoy in this course. Thanks.
автор: William X•
Jun 07, 2017
Very challenging but there are many lessons to be learned. Law is a challenging and complex field, and prof. Ayres comes at it with good analogies and helpful advice
автор: Jan P•
Dec 24, 2015
The course was beneficial to me and I learned a lot of new things. I took one star because of the assessment of students who are too poorly evaluated.
автор: Do H K•
Apr 10, 2016
Since this course handles difficult context, it may be little bit hard to one who studies law first time.
автор: Sander S•
Jun 20, 2016
Simple and well explained, but perhaps more information should be put on slides behind the lecturer.
автор: Tamara M•
Feb 15, 2016
Excellent and fun class to understand Common-Law concepts and be prepared to with US Law cases.
Feb 11, 2016
i really did enjoy this course but it was very stressful terms of timing.
Apr 27, 2017
Enjoyed Prof. Ayres' lectures and the readings. Definite
May 27, 2016
Feb 15, 2016
It seems very interesting.