Certificate Course on "Overview of U.S. Legal System": In Collaboration with Penn State Law, Pennsylvania State University, USA - August 31 - September 12, 2020


Penn State Law, Pennsylvania State University, USA in collaboration with Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA is offering Certificate Course on Overview of U.S. Legal System from August 31 – September 12, 2020.

This intensive Ten-Day Course is discussion-based. In exchange for extensive outside reading, the instructor expects 100 percent attendance and active participation in class and group activities. 


The drafters of the U.S. Constitution blueprinted three branches of government, established the boundaries of federal law, and set out how national and state government would share power—and what would happen if interests conflicted. It is unlikely the 1787 Constitutional Convention could have anticipated how slavery would be regulated (and then undone), several world wars, abortion, gun regulations, drones, welfare benefits, physician-assisted suicide—and perhaps even the stature of the U.S. Supreme Court and the finality of its decisions. The drafters probably didn’t foresee how U.S. law would impact jurisdictions outside America, or how federal law would be impacted by legal innovations and trends outside the new country, including India.

Course Learning Objectives
  • To become acquainted with the U.S. Constitution by studying a few landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions; and explore how culture affects law—and vice versa
  • To compare the U.S. legal system and U.S. law trends with other jurisdictions, and especially India’s
  • To explore how the U.S. legal system impacts America’s relations with other countries
  • To introduce students to the Issue – Rule – Analysis – Conclusion (IRAC) case analysis method
  • To inspire students to consider study abroad options
Topics (To be Updated)
Sr. No. Topic Sub-Topics
1 Introduction And Expectations  
Let’s Become Acquainted  
The U.S. Constitutional Framework Historical Background
The Legislative Branch: Hierarchy of legislation; The U.S. Congress; State Legislatures.
The Executive Branch
The Judicial system: Dual System Of Courts (Federal And State); Federal Jurisdiction; Law Applied In The Federal Courts.
Legal Analysis: How To Study A Case Using Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion (IRAC framework) Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States, 379 U.S. 241 (1964)
2 Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech Under the First Amendment Yoder v. Wisconsin, 406 U.S. 205 (1972)
Edwards v. Aguillard, 482 U.S. 578 (1987)
3 Right to Counsel under the U.S. Constitution Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963)
Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966)
4 U.S. Law and Culture Discussion  
5 “How High is High? Impeachment Under the U.S. Constitution”  
6 Overview of U.S. Administrative Law And Its Applications In Environmental Law  
7 Capital Punishment  
8 How to Draft a CV, Cover Letter, Personal Statement and to Prepare for Interview Questions Harvard Resumes and Cover Letters Handout
9 Group Presentations  
10 Final Examination  
About the Resource Person

Professor Stephen G. Barnes, Assistant Dean of Graduate and International Programs, Penn State Law, the Pennsylvania State University, USA

Mr. Stephen G. Barnes is Assistant Dean of Graduate and International Programs at the Pennsylvania State University.

Before his appointment, Mr. Steve lived for 8 years in China where he was a visiting law professor at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing and also served as Penn State Law China Programs Director. 

Mr. Steve is proficient in French, Chinese, and Swedish, and is energized by the cultural diversity that talented international students bring to Penn State Law. 

Mr. Steve’s educational qualifications include J.D., University of Oregon; M.B.A., The George Washington University; & B.A., Brigham Young University. 

Date and Timings

August 31 – September 12, 2020 | 03:30 PM – 05:30 PM

Contact Person

Dr. Meenakshi Kaul,
Assistant Professor &
Head – HR & Placement, Training and Placement Cell,
Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA 

Ms. Meera Mathews,
Assistant Professor &
Head – Administration, Research & Publication Cell,
Symbiosis Law School, NOIDA

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