Legal Studies (LGST)

LGST 1101. Introduction to Law & Ethics (3) 

This course provides an overview of the legal system and the role of attorneys and paralegals within the system. The course also focuses on critical thinking, communication skills, case analysis, criminal and civil laws, and ethical issues confronted by legal professionals.

LGST 2205. Legal Research and Writing (3) 

This course focuses on federal and state legal research utilizing print and online resources. Students will also learn proper legal citation and grammar usage skills and how to perform legal analysis. This course requires extensive independent research and writing time.

Prerequisites: PARA 1101 (may be taken concurrently) or CRJU 1150 (may be taken concurrently) or POLS 1101 (may be taken concurrently) or LGST 1101 (may be taken concurrently)

LGST 3220. Judicial Process (3) 

An introduction to the legal process as a whole, including the functions of courts, lawyers, and other actors in the legal system. Specific issues such as court reform, crime control, civil liberties, and civil rights will be covered. The Supreme Court and the development of constitutional interpretation through judicial decision-making will also be explored.

Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLI 101

LGST 3231. Administrative Law (3) 

This course discusses the importance of administrative law, how administrative agencies operate and are held accountable, and how professionals in the private and public sectors interact with administrative agencies. It includes a discussion of statutory and constitutional law and the interplay of administrative rules with other sources of legal authority.

Prerequisites: PARA 1101 (may be taken concurrently) or LGST 1101 (may be taken concurrently) or CRJU 1150 (may be taken concurrently) or POLS 1101 (may be taken concurrently)

LGST 3410. Survey-Criminal Law/Procedures (3) 

An overview of criminal law and of the fundamental elements of criminal procedures, including methods and rules of police investigation and arrest, adjudication, sentencing, and appellate review by higher courts.

Prerequisites: CRJU 1150 or PARA 1101 or POLS 1101 or LGST 1101

LGST 4020. Advanced Civil Litigation (3) 

This course builds upon litigation skills acquired in other courses by allowing students to actively participate in the preparation necessary for trial with an emphasis on complex litigation.

Prerequisites: PARA 1101 and PARA 2203 and PARA 2205 and PARA 2209

LGST 4030. Adv. Legal Research & Writing (3) 

This course challenges students to prepare and review more sophisticated and complex legal documents. Students will gain additional expertise in electronic legal and factual research and legal citation skills. This course requires extensive independent research and writing time.

Prerequisites: PARA 2205 or LGST 2205

LGST 4098. Legal Studies Practicum (3) 

This course constitutes an independent (individual or small group) internship which will allow students to simultaneously experience the

Prerequisites: PARA 4020 or PARA 4030 or LGST 4020 or LGST 4030

LGST 4420. Law and Society (3) 

This course examines the relationship between formal law and social institutions. Specifically, the course will focus on the U.S. Constitution, theories of law and law creation, law and inequality, law as a vehicle for social change, and the role of law in modern American society. Some effort will be made to compare law in U.S. society to the development and function of law in other societies.

Prerequisites: CRJU 1150 or SOCI 1101 or PARA 1101 or LGST 1101

LGST 4800. Selected Topics- Legal Studies (3) 

An exploration of historical or contemporary topics and issues in the field of law.

LGST 4801. Selected Topics-Legal Studies (3) 

An exploration of historical or contemporary topics and issues in the field of law.

LGST 4802. Selected Topics-Legal Studies (3) 

An exploration of historical or contemporary topics and issues in the field of law.

LGST 4803. Selected Topics-Legal Studies (3) 

An exploration of historical or contemporary topics and issues in the field of law.

LGST 4804. Selected Topics-Legal Studies (3) 

An exploration of historical or contemporary topics and issues in the field of law.

LGST 4850. Legal Studies Capstone (3) 

This course will provide an opportunity for students to review the major legal concepts taught in the Legal Studies program. It will allow students to see how these different legal practices and theories coalesce into a single legal system.

Prerequisites: PARA 2205 or LGST 2205

LGST 4910. Pre-Law and Lawyering Skills (3) 

This course helps students to develop their skills in logical reasoning, reading comprehension, and analytical reasoning. Students will focus on preparing for a career in the law. This course is recommended to be taken in the Fall semester of a student's junior year.

Prerequisites: PARA 1101 or LGST 1101 or POLS 1101 or ENGL 1102