Our May 2019 On Demand course, Law Basics 101: Understanding Law and the Legal System, is available for digital badging. Digital badges are only available if you have registered by May 31, 2019.

Why is it important to understand the basics of law and the legal system? There is a growing demand for non-lawyers to have the skills and knowledge to think and communicate critically about legal issues that affect their fields. The Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program is designed to impart working knowledge of the law, without going into the level of technicality typically required to become an attorney.

Stay ahead of the curve and keep your finger on the pulse of what’s next with our preview of the MLS program. You will learn from faculty experts like Dan Urman, director of Northeastern School of Law’s online and hybrid programs. You will read cases, understand the structure of the legal system, and gain baseline knowledge of major debates about constitutional interpretation.

Register here for complimentary access to the course. As mentioned above, this non-credit digital badge is a micro-credential representing specific learning achievements and skills. Once you complete select On Demand courses, you can use the Northeastern-branded, digital symbol on your professional and social networks, resume, email or portfolio. This badge acts as a visual differentiator highlighting your excellence in a skill. This Lifelong Learning: On Demand course is not directly affiliated with Northeastern University’s School of Law learning assessments.

What are the benefits of a badge?

  • Highlight specific skills that your employer or industry considers valuable
  • Become more visible with employers looking for specific skills
  • Showcase your passion for pursuing professional development opportunities
  • Access a community of learners with similar interests and experiences

What you’ll learn

  • How to analyze a legal opinion and common law terms
  • What is the structure of the American legal system and the role of the Supreme Court
  • What are the major debates facing the interpretation of the US Constitution

Registration

  • There is no charge for this program, but registration is required.
  • Digital badges are only available if you have registered by May 31, 2019.
  • The course can be started any time during the month of May. The course will be archived for future access, beginning in June.
  • Registrants will receive course email updates on May 1, May 15, and May 31, 2019, when new content is posted.

About the Featured Faculty Experts

Dan Urman, JD
Director of Hybrid and Online Programs, School of Law
Faculty, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

 

Michael Meltsner, JD
George J. and Kathleen Waters Matthews
Distinguished University Professor of Law

 

Course Schedule

Module 1: Introduction to the Legal System
The content is now available.

Module 2: Lawrence v. Texas and Unenumerated Rights
The content is now available.

Module 3: Constitutional Theories: Originalism v. a Living Constitution
The content will be available on May 31, 2019.

  • Module 2: Lawrence v. Texas and Unenumerated Rights


    Lawrence v. Texas is one of the most important civil rights and civil liberties cases in the past 100 years. It overturned a key precedent from 17 years earlier, helping to pave the way for marriage equality, even though the case did not directly involve marriage.

    Learning Objectives

    • Continue to practice your case reading skills with a landmark Supreme Court case
    • Examine the various ways that the Supreme Court applies the constitution to cases
    • Analyze the role of unwritten, or unenumerated rights, at the Supreme Court

    Supplemental Materials

    Use the following links to support your learning experience.

    Lawrence v. Texas (2003)
    Examine the full, unedited slip opinion delivered by the Supreme Court. It contains a majority opinion by Justice Kennedy, a concurrence by Justice O’Connor, and dissents by Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas.

    Lawrence v. Texas Oral Argument
    Listen to the Lawrence v. Texas oral argument. Lawyers for each side try to convince the Justices to adopt their position.

    Lawrence v. Texas Opinion Announcement 
    Hear the opinion in Lawrence v. Texas. Justice Kennedy’s powerful announcement changed the law for millions of Americans.

    Videos

    Watch the featured videos in under an hour.

    Michael Meltsner, former Dean of Northeastern University School of Law and experienced Supreme Court advocate, analyzes the oral argument in Lawrence v. Texas. Meltsner, who has argued 6 cases, and shows how Paul Smith, the lawyer for Lawrence, did a masterful job during his allotted time. Click here to watch this video.

    This video introduces the Lawrence v. Texas Supreme Court case, which paved the way for marriage equality in the US. Hear about how the court’s differing views on privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties impacts our lives.

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  • Module 3: Constitutional Theories: Originalism v. a Living Constitution

    The content will be available on May 31, 2019.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I register for this course?
    To register for complimentary access to this course, click here by May 31, 2019. Registrants will receive course module emails on May 1, May 15, and May 31, 2019, when new content is posted. A digital badge is only available to learners who have registered by May 31, 2019.

    What resources will I need for this course?
    The only resource needed is an internet connection to access the course materials published on this website and the course module emails.

    When does the course meet?
    The course does not meet in-person. The course is completely online. You can watch the course videos, listen to the audio, and read the supporting materials at any time, on demand, when it is convenient to you, during the month of May 2019. There are no required assignments for this self-paced course. The course will be archived here for future access, beginning in June 2019. Each module should take about two hours to complete.

    The course schedule is:
    Module 1: Introduction to the Legal System
    The content is now available.

    Module 2: Lawrence v. Texas and Unenumerated Rights
    The content is now available.

    Module 3: Constitutional Theories: Originalism v. a Living Constitution
    The content will be available on May 31, 2019.

    Can I earn credit for completing the course?
    A digital badge is not a form of academic credit. Academic credit is not offered for the completion of Lifelong Learning: On Demand courses. To learn more about professional programs – bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, certificates, and bootcamps – offered at Northeastern University, click here.

    What is a digital badge?
    A digital badge is a validated acknowledgement of specific skills or knowledge a person gains across different learning experiences. A badge is one type of micro-credential that helps the earner represent these learning achievements digitally, using a branded symbol that the earner can share on professional and social networks of his or her choosing, and/or by email. Northeastern creates, shares, and issues digital badges through the Acclaim platform. This Lifelong Learning: On Demand course is not directly affiliated with Northeastern University’s School of Law learning assessments.

    What value does a digital badge have?
    Badges associated with non-credit, short-term learning experiences including Lifelong Learning: On Demand courses show the badge earner’s commitment to continuous learning around topics relevant to their personal and/or professional goals. Badges may also help career advancers highlight new skills, or network with others who share similar interests and experiences. For those considering a career change or an advanced degree, earning a badge is a great way to explore the topic in a low-risk way before making a bigger commitment or life change.

    How do I receive my digital badge?
    A digital badge is only available if you have registered by May 31, 2019 for the Lifelong Learning: On Demand course: Law Basics 101: Understanding Law and the Legal System. The badge is not available to learners who access the archived version of this course from June 1, 2019 onwards.

    At the end of the course, you will receive an email from Acclaim, Northeastern’s digital badging platform, providing step-by-step instructions on how to claim and share your badge. Badges can be posted on your social and professional networks; resumes and CVs; portfolios; or sent via email and/or text message. We encourage you to claim and share your badge when you receive the email.

    Please note that you will not need any special software to access or share your badge. However, you will need to create a free account on the Acclaim badging platform using the same email you provided when you signed up for this course.

    Do you have additional questions?
    For any questions about Lifelong Learning: On Demand, please contact Jovvann-Dominque Cafua at j.cafua@northeastern.edu. For questions pertaining to digital badges or to learn more about badging opportunities from Northeastern, contact badging@northeastern.edu.

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Molly Herman, MS’15

Interim Director, Educational Initiatives
617.373.3187

a.cole@northeastern.edu

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