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niu political science

niu political science


School: Northern Illinois University
Department: Engineering
Course: Law and Courts
Professor: Professor brough
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: politicalscience, Law, and courts
Cost: 50
Name: POLS 210: Final Exam Study Guide
Description: This is the study guide provided by Professor Christopher Brough for the final examination of Political Science 210: Law and Courts.
Uploaded: 12/05/2016
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What are the methods of selecting state judges?

How should we evaluate the performance of judges?

How important are the background and personal characteristics of judges?

Political Science 210 Introduction to Law & Courts Fall 2016 Final Exam Course Outline and Review Final Exam is on Tuesday, December 6, 12:00­1:50 An Answer Sheet will be provided for you in class. You do NOT need to bring a bluebook for this exam. The exam is closed book – academic misIf you want to learn more check out schumann in the lovely month of may
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conduct will result in an “F” for the course The following is an outline of the major topics and questions we have addressed since Exam #1 in this course. This is not a contract – it is intended only to help you organize the course materials as you study for the exam. Any and all material from the assigned readings and lectures are fair game for the exam. A. Judges a. Judges – Functions and Roles i. Functions of judges? ii. How important are the background and personal characteristics of  judges? iii. What do judges do? Advantages and disadvantages. iv. How should we evaluate the performance of judges? v. Differences between trial judges and appellate judges? b. State Judges i. What are the methods of selecting state judges? ii. How are judges selected in Illinois? iii. Evaluate the different methods of selecting state judges. What are the  relative strengths and weaknesses? B. Federal Judges a. What are the different types of federal judgeships? b. What is the selection process for federal judges? c. Has the appointment process become “too politicized?” C. Criminal Law and Social Control a. The Criminal Justice System ­ Overview i. Types of criminal cases ii. the rule of law and criminal justice iii. major stages of criminal justice process (arrest, preliminary hearing,  arraignment, trial/sentencing) iv. The funnel effect v. Purposes and functions of criminal law and courts vi. What is the relationship between the criminal law and social control? b. Plea bargaining i. Criticisms and defenses ii. Rule of law and plea bargainingiii. What factors lead to breakdown in bargaining? iv. Explain the prevalence of plea bargaining v. Be able to describe the basic plea bargaining process and different D. Types i. Bargaining in the shadow of the law ii. Significance of workgroups b. Prosecutorial discretion i. What is prosecutorial discretion? ii. Significance of P.D. for criminal justice system E. Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution a. Civil Disputes and Litigation i. What are the different types of civil litigation? ii. What are the purposes and functions of civil litigation? Which ones do  you think are most important and why? iii. Who are the participants? iv. Know the basic civil litigation process. What are the main parts of the  process (pre­litigation, trial procedures and post­litigation) v. What are they key factors in determining whether or not to litigate? b. The Contingency Fee and Tort Reform i. What is the contingency fee? ii. What are the criticisms of the contingency fee? iii. What are the benefits of the contingency fee? iv. Is the case of Stella Liebeck (the McDonald’s hot coffee case) an  example of how the U.S. civil litigation system is out of control? Why  or why not? F. Politics. Policy and Legal Mobilization G. The Courts and Policymaking a. What types of policies can the courts produce? b. Who is affected by judicial policymaking? H. Interest Groups and Political Litigation a. Pluralism and the role of interest groups in democracy b. strategies and methods of interest groups in litigation c. goals of interest groups in litigation (doctrine, existing law, delay) d. Interest group success in courts? I. Rights Consciousness and Legal Mobilization a. What is meant by Legal Mobilization? b. How does “rights consciousness” develop? J. Law Courts and Social Change a. What does Rosenberg mean by calling the Supreme Court a K. “Hollow hope” for social change? a. Why does Rosenberg believe courts cannot produce L. Meaningful social change? a. What are the problems with or limitations to Rosenberg’s analysis?

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