Introduction to Law in the U.S. (for every non-lawyer)
What you'll learn
- Understand basic legal principles within the United States
- Appreciate the U.S. Constitution as the most important source of law and foundation of our system of government
- Understand various sources of law in the U.S., and how they apply
- Understand basic areas of law, including criminal, important civil areas such as contract, negligence and more
- Identify legal principles in personal life, business, in the news, and popular media
- After improving knowledge through this course, know where to find additional information, when you need legal assistance, and how to get it
- Desire to learn about law through a no-nonsense, no frills, rapid fire lecture, one legal topic per module, most important parts of that law in 7 minutes.
- Seven minute span of attention to make it through each classroom style lecture on each legal topic.
- Strong understanding of English required. This is in plain English, explaining legal terms and concepts clearly.
- This is introductory law but with a mixed level of difficulty and remember that law can be complicated. So ask questions during the course as needed and consult the supplemental resources too.
For many law is a mystery. Yet we are surrounded by law on a daily basis and we make legal decisions regularly. Sometimes these decisions have profound effects on our personal or professional lives.
We explore the origins of law and why we need rules in society, hopefully a fair system for creating rules and then enforcing them. The United States has a unique foundation that starts with the U.S. Constitution and our system of government. We have a process to create laws and resolve disputes, and may areas of law (see below).
We are a nation of laws and thus a basic understanding is critical for everyone - every citizen and every resident. Citizens participate in our government and legal system by voting and serving on juries.
Lawyers serve an important role in society, but should not be the only people who understand law. Comprehension and appreciation of legal fundamentals is for all of us. Then, when we make decisions or need to hire an attorney or act on that lawyer's advice, our decision making is improved.
In this course, we will explore:
The origin of rules and laws in society
The U.S. Constitution and Amendments (including Bill of Rights)
Criminal law and procedure
Civil law and procedure overview
Negligence law and torts
Privacy, cybersecurity, and data law
Intellectual property law
Business law basics
Law of warfare and international conflict
Some legal concepts and terms
Briefing (reading) a case
Fun movie and TV clips
Where to learn more about law
Finding and working with a lawyer
This course provides a brief and informative overview, and also points you to free resources for your additional reading and reference.
I am excited to have created my first Udemy course to bring this important knowledge to you, and will walk you through it, one module at a time, trying to compress the most important parts of each topic into short segments.
Since basic legal understanding should be available to all I have priced this as low as possible.
No description on a law course would be complete without a legal disclaimer, so here it is. None of this is legal advice, nor is it tailored to your circumstances, nor is any attorney-client relationship formed by taking this course. I will gladly answer general questions and I believe this course will better enable you to evaluate and make reasonable decisions on the various legal issues you will see in the future.
Who this course is for:
- This is for those who want to learn more about law in the U.S.
- For those with a seven minute attention span and ability to sit through a no-frills lecture on each legal topic
- For anyone wanting to give a new Udemy instructor a try or boost with his first Udemy course
- This course is not for everyone but you can try out my lectures before enrolling. And get money back if not satisfied.
- Those seeking information but not edutainment. I am not an entertainer, alas, just trying to provide solid information and knowledge..
John Bandler is a lawyer, consultant, speaker, teacher, and author in the areas of cybersecurity, cybercrime, privacy, law, investigations, and more. He is the founder of Bandler Law Firm PLLC and Bandler Group LLC, legal and consulting practices that help organizations and individuals with cybersecurity, the prevention and investigation of cybercrime, privacy, compliance, risk management, and governance.
John has expertise in many subjects, holds a number of certifications, and is a prolific writer and speaker. His first book is Cybersecurity for the Home and Office, his second book is Cybercrime Investigations. John has authored articles on a range of topics and teaches professionals and students at the undergraduate, graduate, and law school level.
Before starting his private practice John served in government as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office where he investigated and prosecuted criminal offenses ranging from cybercrime, virtual currency money laundering, and traditional street crimes and frauds. Prior to that he served as a state trooper in the New York State Police providing full police services to the local community. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
You can find John online on Twitter, LinkedIn, and on his website.