For your Final Project, you are asked to select a case on which the Supreme Court has ruled in the past 10 years and examine its impact on public policy. You can search for the case using the Internet or the LexisNexis database located in the Walden library. Once you select a case, you are required to access and read the full case in LexisNexis. Refer to and use what you have learned in the course to support your paper.
The Final Project must include the following: (You may wish to use the bulleted items below as the basis for topic headings throughout your paper):
- Summarize the case and the predominant legal and/or public policy issues in the case.
- Explain why you selected the case.
- Opinions and Final Decision:
- Synthesize the majority and dissenting opinions in the case.
- Explain the legal rationale of both the majority and dissenting opinions. Be sure to include any case law relevant to the opinions.
- Explain the policy arguments made in the majority and dissenting opinions.
- Explain the potential consequences of the dissenting opinions on public policy.
- Explain the consequences of the majority opinions on public policy.
- Based on the current political, economic, and social climate in the United States, explain how the case did or might influence at least three existing federal, state, or local public policies or laws.
- Predict how the case might influence future public policies or laws within at least one public policy area. Be specific and use examples.
Please note that while you are required to include an overview of the case you selected and an explanation of the opinions and final decisions of the case, the majority of your paper should address the significance of the opinions and the final decision on public policies.
Your Final Project must be presented as a 12- to 15-page (not including references or title page), double-spaced, APA-formatted project in the form of a paper that is submitted by Day 7 of Week 11. Your Final Project must demonstrate both breadth and depth of knowledge and critical thinking appropriate to graduate-level scholarship. It must follow APA Publication Manual guidelines and be free of typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors.
Although the Final Project is not due until Week 11, you should become familiar with the project requirements and have them in mind as you proceed through the course. Many of the Discussions and Application Assignments relate to and can assist you in completing your Final Project.
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