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Masters Program Students Pay Visit to US Supreme Court


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The five students who make up the inaugural class in the law school’s Master of Legal Studies (M.L.S.) program were privileged to watch Supreme Court oral arguments this week.
The group arrived at 7 a.m. on Nov. 12 to take seats in the courtroom and observe two cases involving Alabama’s legislative redistricting plans. Democratic legislators and African-American voters have challenged the state’s plans as unconstitutional racial gerrymandering.
The M.L.S. students were accompanied by their instructor, Eleanor Magers Vuono, who is teaching the required course “Introduction to American Law and Legal Methods.” The course analyzes common law, legal analysis, the structure of the US government, statutory interpretation, and judicial and court processes, among other topics.
“Before the argument, we enjoyed touring the museum section of the Court,” said Vuono. “Once inside the courtroom, we observed the Justices grilling a lawyer for the appellants and saw we an animated exchange involving Justices Kennedy and Breyer. It was a great way to experience many of the concepts we’ve discussed this semester.”
Vuono is an Attorney-Advisor at Military Justice Review Group, Department of Defense Office of the General Counsel.
Offered for the first time in August 2014, the M.L.S. program is a 26-credit non-JD alternative course of legal study that equips students with both a general understanding of the American legal system and specific knowledge of their chosen field of interest.