||This course is an introduction to selected substantive, procedural, historical, and institutional aspects of the law. Students will be provided with a rigorous understanding of the ways that evidence, argument, institutional concerns, values, and rhetoric are deployed in deciding fundamental social questions. Ultimately, this course is about critical thinking and clear communication. Each class focuses on one landmark Supreme Court case (such as Plessy v. Ferguson, Roe v. Wade, or Gonzalez v. Raich), with a prominent law school professor in the field leading (via video lecture) the discussion. After hearing argument and analysis from these legal scholars, students will engage in facilitated small-group discussions and complete concentrated writing assignments. Overall, students will learn the facts behind a set of significant legal cases and, more importantly, develop their reasoning skills, becoming more critical thinkers and writers.