Legal Studies

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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. We will examine how American law evolved through the "Golden Age" (1812 to 1860) and the rise of industrialization and corporations. We will look at how American law developed to favor the expansions of commerce and how the law evolved to support and the prohibit slavery. We will look at the treatment of wives and paupers throughout our history. We will 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. This is a web-enhanced, online course.

41.103 Introduction to Paralegal Studies Credits: 3

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

Familiarizes students with the role of a paralegal in both the public and private sector. Other topics will 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 will develop a working knowledge of the general theories of restorative justice, as well as practical hands-on experience with peacemaking circles. 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

Studies substantive criminal law, with emphasis on general principles of criminal culpability, such as the act requirement, the mens rea requirement, and causation. The course will also cover the law of attempted crimes, accomplice liability, and defenses. The elements of specific crimes, such as homicide, burglary, robbery, and larceny will be studied in depth.

41.237 Media, Law and Ethics Credits: 3

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

This course primarily is designed to explore key legal issues you are likely to confront as a journalist, mass media professional or student interested in learning more about the relationships between law, media and ethics in this global community. Nonetheless, you will be 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, text 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

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

41.261 Introduction to Legal Concepts Credits: 3

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

Serves as an introductory legal course. It is a survey of many specific topics, such as product liability, consumer law, intellectual property, and ethics. More importantly, the course emphasizes critical legal thinking and human values.

41.262 Introduction to Business Law Credits: 3

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

Introduces the student to the fundamentals of criminal and tort law. The main emphasis is on all aspects of contract law including the agreement consideration, writing third-party rights, illegality, performance, and remedies. Also covered is agency law concerning all situations where one party is working for another in the business world. This course is highly recommended for pre-law students, CPA's, and paralegals.

41.287 Legal Writing Credits: 3

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

Designed to train the student for effective legal writing as applied to 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

A study of racial discrimination in the United States. Emphasis will be 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

Studies the law and its impact on the business world. 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's, and paralegals.

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 American society in the 21st century. 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 include: The U.S. Constitution and the court system, white collar crime, cyberlaw, the laws of intellectual property, international trade, consumer protection, bankruptcy, product liability, administrative law and labor and employment law.

41.366 International Law Credits: 3

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

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. Recommended at the senior level.

41.367 Environmental Law Credits: 3

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

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. Places emphasis on the law as a means of protecting the environment.

41.370 Real Estate Law Credits: 3

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

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

The purpose of this course is to challenge students to engage in analytic reading, critical thinking and problem solving as it relates to the legal issues facing the sports, entertainment and art worlds.

41.373 Consumer Law Credits: 3

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

Acquaints the student with current federal and state consumer protection statutes. Deals with individual consumer problems by discussing deceptive advertising and the legal effect of warranties. Delves into the law pertaining to consumer credit including unfair debt collection tactics. Investigates insurance law as it affects consumers and surveys the law protecting incompetent consumers. Examines the legal remedies available to consumers including the consumer class action.

41.376 Family Law Credits: 3

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

Studies the critical family law issues facing society today. Subject matter examined includes 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 the student to the major architectural components of the legal environment of the elderly, including Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, pensions, nursing homes, assisted living 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

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

Presents issues that particularly affect women. Topics include: sex discrimination, sexual harassment, 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

Surveys the law of the protection of ideas, trade secrets, inventions, artistic creations, and reputation. The course will briefly review the bases for patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret protection, 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

Designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of legal research and writing. The student 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

41.390 Litigation Credits: 3

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

Examines the practices and procedures involved in the litigation process. Topics 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

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

Permits superior students to engage in specialized study.

41.489 Seminar in Law Credits: 3

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

Provides opportunity for small groups of advanced students to study selected topics.

41.490 Legal Aspects of Cyberspace Credits: 3

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

The growth of the Internet has created two parallel universes each with its own set of rules and reality: real space and cyber space. 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 architecture of cyberspace, i.e., the "code". 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

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 course is intended to provide a correlation of theoretical knowledge with practical experience in an area of particular interest to students.