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This course will give you a glimpse into six different areas of American law: Tort Law, Contract Law, Property, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Procedure. You will gain insight into the complexities and dilemmas that arise from the application of law in different settings, and what is distinctive about American approaches....

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Sep 16, 2018

I enjoyed this course and it helped me to understand the basic parts of American Law. My only suggestion is to provide even more cases as examples to demonstrate the doctrines and statutes. Thank you.


Apr 9, 2020

A great first step on understanding the basic principles of American Law, providing an insight into impact on the systems we encounter on a daily basis and how these systems have developed over time.

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By Heather B

Apr 2, 2021

This course provided an excellent orientation of American law. I'm grateful for its availability. Nevertheless, I have a couple of criticisms. The course, more or less, jumps right into tort law without providing an introduction to define the hierarchy, history, and basic distinctions between common law and statute law, although much of this information is provided throughout each section, though redundantly. Also, the transcripts of each lecture were obviously generated by speech-recognition technology; thus, unremoved misspellings and punctuation errors horribly detract from them. Wouldn't it be a great idea if first-year English or linguistic students received extra credit for proofreading and editing the transcripts?

By Misty K

Jul 15, 2020

This was a long course and quite frankly that 4th professor ( ruger) really should NOT do public speaking he was horrible to listen to. Not to be rude but it's hard to comprehend things when the person speaking keeps making verbal mistakes. Some of the course we very good and interesting but some simply could not hold my attention.

By Charles D G

Aug 30, 2022

If you're new to Coursera like I was. Then start with this Course. It's helps you understand the layout of how to utilize Coursera. As far as the Course itself. I fairly enjoyed it. I was really into the Constitutional & Criminal Law areas more so. I felt that Civil was a little bit dry, not the professor, but just the topic itself. But I really enjoyed learning more about arbitration and all of the elements that go into that. If you want an overall basic to American Law Course. Then start with this. The test weren't too difficult. But take notes and read and study up on the key terms and you should do well.

By Daniel M O

Sep 15, 2022

Para quienes no somos estadounidenses, este curso resulta muy importante y útil para:

a. Conocer el sistema americano legal y de justicia.

b. Comparar con el sistema jurídico mexicano.

c. Identificar puntos negativos y positivos de ambos y proponer cambios o adapataciones.

Muchas felicitaciones a los expositores y muchas gracias por permitirme acceder gratis a este curso.


By Ilya L

Jan 3, 2016

I gained infinite pleasure from listening and relistening to the beautiful sound of legal English spoken by lawyers.

As I work with people from Great Britain and the USA, I gained some skill of using legal terms to explain more acurately differences between common law system, particularly in the USA, and the legal system of my country.

Thanks you very much!

By Celso C

Jun 8, 2020

As a latin american educated lawyer, this introductory course to American Law has given me the opportunity to understand and have a broad idea of the basics aspects of American Law and how the legal system is organized. I truly recommend this course to all the lawyers educated abroad, to get to know better the American Legal system and it's institutions.

By Edgar A

Jun 26, 2017

This is a great course. I go everywhere now knowing that the law is the same for when I was also taking my real estate license it's just unfortunate that this certificate does not offer college credit as I believe it should but you can put it on the resume as I have because why not I paid for it to learn American Law. All in all, this is a great course.

By Lam A T

Aug 25, 2020

This course really help me a lot in understanding the basic of America law , the professor make it really easy to understand with great example , i just wish he got more of it . Overall this course is excellent ,i really enjoy it and i would definitely recommended it to anyone who interested. Many thanks to the professor and his team working on this .

By Julia Y

Mar 30, 2017

Loved this course, definitely great for beginners who don't have much of a background in law. Introduces concepts effectively and describes concepts and terminology exceptionally. The workload is very light and assessments are very short, but in depth and challenging (to some extent). I would definitely recommend to anyone with an interest in law.

By Jack K

Jun 21, 2020

The course has a very efficient structure. As we progress through each type of common law in each week, we can experience and make connections from example cases between various sections of American Law. Thus, instructors make it not only about remembering but understandings of fundamentals of American Laws that we can apply to our daily basis.

By James M

Apr 7, 2021

Excellent introduction to American Law. The speakers were knowledgeable about the topics and considering what tuition at Penn is, I was fortunate to see these professors for the Coursera price of admission. Anyone interested in any type of law studies should complete this course to have some understanding of what our system is all about.

By Matthew f

Feb 8, 2016

This is a very well planned and explanation to get people started in American Law. It is laid out so the user understands the content. I love how your are tested every so often during the video lectures to ensure you are paying attention and are understanding the content. The instructors did their job outstanding and instructed! A+ course!

By Katheryn E

Dec 7, 2017

This was a wonderful introduction to American law; nothing too in-depth, but a fantastic scraping of the surface, if you will, of various parts of U.S. law. The key terms were extremely helpful to have and a great preparation for the videos. I didn't get much out of the suggested readings personally, but I'm sure that others probably did.

By Patricia J

Jan 20, 2021

I have really enjoyed this course. I it is very well explained and organized, the teachers are amazing, and it has been a wonderful experience, which will help me so much in my translating skills. I am so grateful for having this opportunity and I must emphasize, your teachers and the way the course is arranged is just perfect. Thanks!!

By Tacauma L

Jan 10, 2023

very I enjoyed this course, it was my very first online course I ever had and although intimidated at first I settled in and excelled. The course provided a very nice introduction to an array of American Law in a way that was easy to comprehend. A ton of resources for the material was available making studying easy not to mention fun.

By Theresa D

Feb 27, 2023

The professors in this course were great. Each taught according to their specialty, so they were very thorough. I learned some things, or learned to think about the law differently, from each section. I really enjoyed this course, and I surely recommend it to anyone interested in learning about the multiple areas of the law.

By Alexa C

Jan 4, 2021

Very Educational!

I learned so much from this class and I think this site is perfect for learning new subjects. I'm currently in school so it's great to have a flexible schedule with low stress. The course itself was fantastic with great professors teaching through videos and very easy to understand!

So glad I signed up for this!

By Tshepiso B A

Apr 14, 2020

This course was really informative and has information which was more empowering to me. I am from South Africa and when I compare how does the Federal and State work law wise it is totally different! Having said that I got clarity on how the property law and tort law works. This course really helped in understanding the two.

By Jacques R

Oct 10, 2022

A fabulous introduction to American Law. Speaking as a citizen that was born and bred in the US, I learned much. I think it is an essential overview of our legal system and is valuable for any person. Even if you never interface with the legal system, the concepts and structure of our system are fundamental to our lives.

By Quindaro E C F

Dec 27, 2016

This course contains a great introductory explanation of basic areas of American Law. All of those latin terms you've heard over the years and haven't really understood...they are explained here. With relatable stories and an easily understood presentation, this course will introduce you to American Law and its origins.

By Abby N

Jul 24, 2020

Fabulous course explaining basics of American law for someone with limited law experience. The lectures are well-made and each professor has a different expertise to share. I have taken law courses on Coursera from other institutions but I think Penn Law has been the most well-structured and balanced. I highly recommend!

By Jaziel o M

Jul 31, 2017

Sin duda disponer de cursos tan accesibles y bien explicados como éste, nos permiten obtener una visión más amplia del mundo del derecho en Estados Unidos. Los profesores son excelentes y el ritmo de trabajo muy versátil, gracias por brindarnos una oportunidad de conocer un poco más a través de éste magnífico curso.

By Angeline W

Jun 27, 2020

This is a thorough introduction to the basics of American law. This course is constructed in a very easy-to-understand structure and it is taught by very articulate and knowledgable professors. I feel like I have a much better understanding of American law and its unique features after participating in this course.

By J P W

Oct 23, 2016

Superb presentation of the different categories and fields of US common law , supported by outstanding case studies that made the materials come to life.. The course requires ardent participation and I would recommend note taking in support of learning. One of the most well-structured courses I have taken to date.