How It Works

2 CEUs, equivalent to 20 Contact Hours/PDUs
Examine the Bill of Rights through the thoroughly modern lens of a legal expert, Mary Hall, J.D., LL.M. After an initial overview of all ten amendments and the background of their origin, students will dive deeply into the subset of amendments that play the most significant role and inspire the most controversy in the modern world.
Start Date:
June 29, 2020
5 weeks


Mary Hall, J.D., LL.M.

Mary Hall is a professor, course developer, former military justice lawyer, and retired US Navy Commander who has been teaching and designing graduate and undergraduate coursework for almost 40 years in both face-to-face and online classrooms. Her academic credentials include a J.D., an LL.M. in military law, a B.A. in History, and an M.A. in Military History. As a Navy judge advocate, she served as a military trial judge, prosecutor, and defense counsel, among other legal positions. As such, many of her courses have focused on law, specifically, constitutional and criminal law, where she draws on both her education and fascinating real-life experiences.


The Bill of Rights in the 21st Century
To develop a full picture and complex understanding of the Bill of Rights, you’ll look at each amendment from various perspectives. Once you broadly survey the entire Bill of Rights, you’ll spend weeks two through five delving deeper into the nuances of four specific amendments: the right to bear arms, capital punishment, the prohibition of unreasonable search and seizure, and the First Amendment’s protection of religion and speech.

Topics Include:

  • The legal, theoretical, and historical context surrounding each amendment
  • The impact of the military and politics on the Bill of Rights
  • How new technology and trends affect our collective outlook
  • How to brief a case to better understand a law

Who Should Register:

  • History buffs or anyone excited to dive deep into the details of a specific historical events
  • Teachers of history, government, social studies, or politics to enhance knowledge and earn professional development hours and CEUs for annual teaching license renewal

Learning Format

We provide a more interactive and visually engaging learning experience than you’ll find in many online course environments.
The format of this class is fully online, instructor-led, pass/no pass, and can be taken as part of the certificate or independently. Certificate courses can be taken in any order unless otherwise noted. Designed by an expert team of military historians and learning experience designers.
Industry Experts
You'll experience optional live sessions with your instructor and other experts and have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the subject.
Active Learning
Learn content deeply through varied case studies, topical readings, infographics and other visuals, and hands-on exercises.
Engaged Classrooms
Build your knowledge repository with weekly quizzes, open group discussions, and even the occasional debate.


The Bill of Rights in the 21st Century
Devote 6-8 hours/week
Apply knowledge to your real life
Be prepared to learn from each other