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Legal Studies: Critical Thinking Tools

Critical thinking and argumentation are skills that will make you stand out in college and the competitive job market. Students will sharpen and test their critical thinking skills through lively debates, role-playing, negotiations, and group work. You will have your day in ‘court’ as an attorney or witness in a mock trial, awaiting the judge’s verdict. Through lessons from Stanford University’s law, business and education experts, students will identify flaws in critical thinking, learn to analyze a complex set of facts, weigh evidence, anticipate the other side’s argument, and deliver a better argument. This course will dive into human rights issues of global interest, and students will develop a network of like-minded peers. While this course is valuable for future attorneys, everybody will benefit from it. Students will work collaboratively in an inclusive learning environment, supporting diverse viewpoints.

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Session Two
at the time of application
Scheduled Class Time*

08:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.