Introduction to U.S. Legal Culture
Dr. Ian C. Pilarczyk

Class #3 Assignment (Out of Class)

I.    Background
This assignment covers our discussion of the concept of precedent and our review of Brown v. Board of Education (1954).
The objectives of this assignment are to: (a) improve written English, summation, and analytical reading skills, and build

vocabulary; (b) improve spoken proficiency, confidence, and public speaking skills by presenting the writing exercise in-

class; and (c) provide an opportunity to compare and contrast an aspect of your country’s legal system with that of the


II.    Assignment
The assignment is to write a short paper (2-3 pages) on the concept of precedent in U.S. law. Specifically, focus on the

following questions: (a) how does precedent assure us that there will be predictability and consistency in court

decisions?; (b) how does the concept of precedent still allow for flexibility and change?

All papers should be double-spaced with 12 point font. This assignment is due in class next week.