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Unit 1: Civil Rights Litigation: Purposes, Processes, and Promises

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Overview

This unit introduces students to the concept of civil rights litigation. It asks students to consider how the litigation process reflects the fundamental values and principles of American constitutional government.  By the end of this unit, students should be prepared to talk about how the civil litigation process reflects these values and principles and to describe civil rights litigation and its current scope.

Unit Questions

  • How do the fundamental values and principles of American constitutional government shape our legal system, including its rules and procedures?
  • How do ordinary people use the legal system to realize the values and principles of American constitutional government?

Unit Materials

Teacher Overview

Lesson 1: What is Litigation?

Lesson 2: What are the Steps of Litigation?

Lesson 3: What is Civil Rights Litigation

Content Overview