Habeas What? British Common Law & Its Influence on the American Legal System

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L. Joe Dunman is an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. At Morehead State, Legal Studies is an ABA-accredited, four-year program that serves both students training to become paralegals and students preparing for law school. Professor Dunman teaches a wide variety of courses, including Legal Research and Writing, Torts, Trial Practice, Law and Individual Rights, and Law and Society. His research interests include constitutional law (rights and liberties), judicial history, jurisprudence, employment law, law and religion, and torts. Prior to joining the faculty at Morehead State in 2017, Professor Dunman taught as an adjunct professor at Bellarmine University and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Before teaching, Professor Dunman practiced law as a litigation attorney, representing clients in constitutional, employment, contract, and personal injury cases. He also had the honor to represent the Kentucky plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which ultimately legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015. Professor Dunman is a native of Louisville, Kentucky.

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Habeas What? British Common Law & Its Influence on the American Legal System

Program Dates:
July 9, 2021 – Aug 8, 2021

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
PS 400

Legal Studies , Government

Course Description:
This upper-division government / legal studies course explores the unique British common law tradition, which directly influenced the unique American legal system. This course combines classroom instruction with a whirlwind tour of fascinating destinations in and around London. Students will gain a deep understanding of British law by, among other activities, visiting the beautiful countryside of Runnymede (where the Magna Carta was signed), sitting in on cases at the Royal Courts of London and the Old Bailey courthouse, watching the UK Supreme Court deliberate, and witnessing the British House of Commons in all its contentious action.


Physical Activity Requirements:
3-5 miles of walking on most days, mostly on sidewalks and indoors.

Course Highlights:
Coming soon