This course introduces students to the role of psychology in the legal system. A growing numbers of psychologists have become involved in a wide range of activities within the legal system (e.g., testify as expert witnesses; helping attorneys select juries; and preparing witnesses for trial). Students will examine and evaluate the assumptions made by the legal system about psychological and scientific issues. They will also seek to understand how the legal system actually works, not how the law assumes it works. Ultimately, this course will provide insight into the past and anticipated future of this dynamic interdisciplinary field.
- Sophomore standing