Introduction to the US Legal System

William & Mary Law School’s Center for Legal and Court Technology
Introduction to the United States Legal System


Introduction to the U.S. Legal System provides a compact and in-depth opportunity for non-lawyers to develop savvy in dealing with the legal community and legal issues. The legal system can seem to operate by an arcane set of rules and principles. this course provides the toolbox to decode what’s really going on and deal effectively with lawyers and the legal systems. It’s especially suited for those who offer products and services that can be useful to those in the legal system or n0n-lawyers who regularly work with lawyers, judges or the judicial systems.”

Mark Chandler, Cisco



Attend the Introduction to the U.S. Legal System three-day in-residence program, which will cover:

  • Role of Law and courts in U.S. Society
  • Introduction to common law development, American-style
  • Case briefing
  • Understanding precedent
  • Introduction to American lawyers: function, regulation, and roles
  • Introduction to legal analysis and legal writing
  • Lawyer-client relationships
  • Introduction to law libraries, legal authority retrieval, and citations
  • Introduction to LEXIS
  • Lawyers, courts, and legal professionals interaction with technology
  • Expanding role of technology in the courtroom


For a full course outline, Icon of 2014 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System Syllabus 2014 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System Syllabus (158.2 KiB)


In-Residence Dates:

January 31st – February 1st & 2nd, 2014.


William & Mary Law School
McGlothlin Courtroom
613 South Henry Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185



Full course:  On-campus and blended learning Part One and Part Two – $2,799.00

On-campus Only – $1,049.00

On-campus and Part One – $2,049.00

Optional Rule of Law – $200.00 (Dates TBD)


Frederic Lederer, Chancellor Professor of Law and Director, Center for Legal & Court Technology.

Jeff Apperson, Vice President, International, of the National Center for State Courts.