Foreign Assumptions of the American Legal System Narrative Essay by Quality Writers

Foreign Assumptions of the American Legal System
A personal account describing the assumptions that foreign students have regarding the American legal system and how the author attempted to help them.
# 103907 | 856 words | 1 source | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on May 29, 2008 in International Relations (General) , Law (General)

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This paper provides an account of a Russian student learning about American's faith in the American legal system. The paper is written in the narrative form and describes some of the difficulties that the author's fellow Russian students faced in America. The paper then looks at ways that the author attempted to help her Russian friends and if she was successful.

From the Paper:

"For example, consider the trouble that Russian students have with some of the more commonly assigned books on major legal cases. One such book is Gideon's Trumpet, Anthony Lewis' Pulitzer Prize winning account of the case which established the rule that a person charged with a felony who cannot afford a lawyer will be appointed one. To a Russian student, the very notion that the Supreme Court would be interested in considering a rule such as this is baffling. I once discussed Gideon's Trumpet with a Russian student, whose first question was why the Supreme Court would want to cause so many problems for itself. If people accused of crimes have lawyers, they are more likely raise legal issues. "But what if the person is innocent?" I asked. The question stopped the conversation. The Russian student realized that he viewed the judicial system as carrying out a purpose which is generally quite different from the (ideal) purpose of the American judicial system. To him, the legal system exists to control dissent, of any sort, whether it is classical political dissent, or social dissent as represented by criminals. In a legal system that exists to control dissent, providing lawyers for "dissidents" increases difficulty and impedes efficiency. In a legal system determined to resolve questions of guilt or innocence, providing attorneys increases the effectiveness of the system."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lewis, Anthony. Gideon's Trumpet. New York, New York: Random House, 1964.

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