Legal Studies

All courses, arranged by program, are listed in the catalog. Courses designated as “active” have been offered in the past three years. Courses designated as “inactive” have not been offered in the past three years and indicate the semester in which the course was last offered. If you cannot locate a specific course, try our advanced search link. Current class schedules, with posted days and times, may be found on the Registrar's Office website or by logging directly into SiS.

41.102 The Development of the American Legal System Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37752
Status Active

This class will explore the American legal system, beginning with English common law and colonial rule through the American Revolution and establishment of our Constitution and federal system of government. The class examines how American law evolved through the "Golden Age" (1812 to 1860) and the rise of industrialization and corporations. We look at how American law developed to favor the expansion of commerce and how the law evolved to support and then prohibit slavery. We look at the legal treatment of women, children, minorities, and the poor throughout our history. We study the rise of legal liberalism, economic reform, and the New Deal (1900-1945). The end of the Second World War heralded changes in society that saw the growth of government, the civil rights movement, racial and gender equity, changes in criminal law and a changing legal culture. There are no prerequisites for this course.

41.103 Introduction to Paralegal Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4963
Status Active

This course familiarizes students with the role of paralegals in both the public and private sector. Other topics include principles of jurisprudence and basic legal concepts and terminology.

41.210 Restorative Justice Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37755
Status Active

This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles and practices of restorative justice as a method of building positive peace. Students develop a working knowledge of the general theories of restorative justice, as well as practical hands-on experience with peacemaking techniques. Traditional assumptions about justice and the adversarial legal process will be explored and challenged. The relationship between restorative justice, restorative practices, and other conflict resolution methods such as mediation will be discussed. Practical challenges in implementing restorative justice on the ground will also be examined.

41.234 Criminal Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4964
Status Active

This course studies substantive criminal law, with emphasis on general principles of criminal culpability, such as the act requirement, the mens rea requirement, and causation. Topics include detailed coverage of the elements of personal and property crimes, such as homicide, rape, assault, battery, robbery, burglary, theft, arson, and fraud. The course will also cover the law of attempted crimes, accomplice liability, and defenses.

41.237 Media, Law and Ethics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38516
Status Active

This course explores key legal issues likely to confront journalists, mass media professionals or students interested in learning more about the relationships between law, media and ethics in this global community. Nonetheless, students are challenged to think critically about the applicability of those issues to individuals and to media institutions that transmit information via spoken communications, writing, traditional media, mobile messages, social network sites, or e-mail messages.

41.250 Disability and the Law: Legal Rights of People with Disabilities Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35292
Status Active

This course examines the history and progress of the disability rights movement in America, the current state of the law, trends, and prospects for the future, with particular focus on those laws designed specifically to address the needs of people with disabilities.

41.261 Introduction to Legal Concepts Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4966
Status Active

This course serves as an introductory legal course. It is a survey of many specific topics, such as constitutional law, contracts, intellectual property law, and current legal topics of interest. More importantly, the course emphasizes critical legal thinking, legal ethics, and human values.

41.262 Introduction to Business Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4967
Status Active

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of business law. The main emphasis is on key aspects of contract law, including the agreement, consideration, writings, third-party rights, illegality, performance, breach, defenses, and remedies The course also covers agency law, employment law, sections of the Uniform Commercial Code, and a variety of other legal issues and topics that influence and intersect with modern business practices. This course is highly recommended for pre-law students, CPA students, and paralegal students.

41.287 Legal Writing Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4969
Status Active

This course trains students to produce effective legal work product as drafters of client letters, memoranda of law, pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 41.103 Intro to Paralegal studies.

41.360 Legal Issues in Racism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4972
Status Active

This course presents a study of racial discrimination in the United States. Emphasis is placed on relevant constitutional provisions, statutory provisions, and on United States Supreme Court cases.

41.363 Corporate and Property Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4973
Status Active

This course studies the law pertaining to business entities and structures. Partnerships, limited partnerships, and joint ventures are studied at the outset of the course. The main emphasis is on elements of the corporate structure. The last part of the course deals with personal and real property with coverage of wills and trusts. This course is highly recommended for pre-law students, CPA students, and paralegal students.

41.365 The Legal Environment of Business Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4975
Status Active

This class explores the intersection of business and the law in modern American society. This class builds on the concepts covered in Business Law and explores current legal topics that affect doing business in the United States and abroad. Topics covered may include the U.S. Constitution and the courts system, white collar crime, cyber law, the laws of intellectual property, international trade, consumer protection, bankruptcy, product liability, administrative law, and labor and employment law, amongst others.

41.366 International Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4976
Status Active

This course introduces the body of international rules, customs, and regulations which are in force between nations. Specific legal issues involving a study of multinational, cultural, political, economic, and ethnic perspectives are addressed. Topics covered include human rights, war prevention, foreign policy, tort and criminal liability, business trade practices, and dispute settlement.

41.367 Environmental Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4977
Status Active

This course examines the legal and administrative problems of protecting the quality of the human environment. Federal and state legislation on environmental policy is studied. Public interest litigation as a supplement to the enforcement of environmental law is discussed. The course also focuses on the practical problems of balancing the needs of business, the global competitiveness of the United States, the increasing demand for natural resources, and the need to protect, preserve, and restore the environment. The importance of sustainable development and environmental ethics are discussed.

41.370 Real Estate Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4980
Status Active

This course examines contracts for the sale of real estate, deeds, title examinations, security for real estate transactions, methods and problems of co-ownership, zoning ordinances, brokerage contracts, leases and landlord, and tenant rights and liabilities.

41.372 Sports, Entertainment and Art Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4981
Status Active

This course challenges students to engage in analytic reading, critical thinking and problem solving related to the legal issues facing the sports, entertainment and art worlds. Topics may include contracts, intellectual property rights, employment law, labor law, and other areas of interest.

41.373 Consumer Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 31896
Status Active

This course acquaints students with current federal and state consumer protection statutes and case law. The course deals with individual consumer problems by discussing deceptive advertising and the legal effect of warranties. The course delves into the law of consumer credit, including unfair dept collection tactics. The course investigates insurance law as it affects consumers and surveys the law protecting incompetent consumers. The course also examines the legal remedies available to consumers including class action lawsuits.

41.376 Family Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4983
Status Active

This course studies the critical family law issues facing society today. Subject matter examined may include the law of marriage, custody, adoption, divorce, child support, juveniles, right to die, fetal tissue transfer to prolong the life of another, reproduction control, and surrogate parenting. This course is taught from a legal and human values perspective.

41.377 Elder Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36724
Status Active

This course introduces students to the major architectural components of the legal environment of the elderly, including Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, pensions, nursing homes, assisted living,estate management, and related issues.

41.378 Comparative European Community Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 31897
Status Active

This course deals with the relationship between European Community law and the law of the United States; the operation and impact of community law in the United States; and the role of the European courts in interpreting community law. International treaties, laws, and regulations affecting the free movement of people, goods and services are traced.

41.379 The Relationship of Law, Logic, and Ethics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4984
Status Active

This course examines the impact of ethical viewpoints on the structure of legal doctrines. It stresses the fact that the study of law is a study of ethics as well as logic.

41.381 Women and the Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4985
Status Active

This course presents legal issues that often or particularly affect women. Topics may include sex discrimination, sexual harassment, rape, marriage, divorce, reproductive control, surrogate motherhood, and custody.

41.386 Intellectual Property Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4988
Status Active

This course surveys the law of the protection of ideas, trade secrets, inventions, artistic creations, and reputation. The course will briefly review the law of patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and geographical indication. The course will cover the distinction between the various forms of intellectual property, and the statutory and common law methods of enforcing rights.

41.387 Legal Research Methods Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4989
Status Active

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of legal research and writing. Students will gain hands-on experience in legal research and in the reporting of such research in written assignments, case briefs, and memoranda.

41.388 Directed Study: Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4990
Status Active

This course permits students to engage in specialized study under the supervision of faculty.

41.390 Litigation Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4992
Status Active

This course examines the practices and procedures involved in the litigation process. Topics may include: legal research, courts and jurisdictions, evidence and discovery, pleadings, motions, depositions, trials and appeals, and federal rules of procedure.

41.392 Wills,Trusts and Estates Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4994
Status Active

This course provides an introduction to the law of wills, trusts, and estates. This course covers the fundamental legal concepts and vocabulary necessary to understand, draft, and work with the core estate planning tools. Practical examples and sample legal cases and materials will be provided and discussed. No prior legal knowledge is required, though some familiarity with the United States legal system or case law will be helpful.

41.488 Directed Study in Law Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5000
Status Active

This course permits students to engage in specialized study under the supervision of faculty.

41.489 Seminar in Law Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5001
Status Active

The course provides opportunity for small groups of advanced students to study selected legal topics.

41.490 Legal Aspects of Cyberspace Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5002
Status Active

This course introduces students to the law of the Internet and regulation of lawful and unlawful computer activities. Traditional notions about privacy, defamation, contracts, freedom of expression, pornography, stalking, jurisdiction and intellectual property are challenged by the latest cyberspace technology. Much of the debate about control, which leads to questions about rights and responsibilities, centers around who, if anyone, should design the legal architecture of cyberspace. These and other topical subjects serve as the focus on the study of legal issues in cyberspace.

41.497 The Paralegal Practicum Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5004
Status Active

This course consists of assigned fieldwork under the supervision and with the permission of the coordinator. This course is designed to broaden the educational experience of paralegal students by providing exposure to selected legal environments such as corporate legal departments, financial institutions, law firms, real estate departments, banks, and government agencies. This provides a correlation of theoretical knowledge with practical experience in an area of particular interest to students.