Examines questions central to the modern legal system: Does the law exist to protect the individual from the group or to protect the group from the individual? To what extend does the legal system serve to protect the rights of individuals or to limit them in order to promote the common good of society? Students are provided with an introduction to the structure and organization of the formal legal system in the United States with an emphasis on the various social, political and economic forces that have shaped it. Special attention is paid to the relationship between law and the legal process and race, class and ideology. Topics may include privacy/surveillance, quality of life policing, incarceration and the social construction of constitutional rights.