2012-2014 Catalog

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

LSTU - Legal StudiesTop of Page
Catalog Nbr.Course Title/Course TopicsCredits
LSTU 115Law and Human Behavior3.00
Provides a general framework of knowledge, ideas and thought -- mainstream and critical -- regarding the assumptions, structures, actors, operation, intentions and outcomes of the American legal system. Interdisciplinary liberal arts course exploring the effect of law on and in our society from past, present and future perspectives. Law now pervades most of what we think, do and believe in the United States. This course will help illuminate how and why that happens.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
LSTU 117Paralegalism and Ethics3.00
Explores the field of paralegalism, introduction to the law, legal procedures and paralegal skills and legal ethics.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LSTU 189Legal Studies Elective0.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
LSTU 210Criminal Procedure3.00
Study of the criminal justice process. Issues of search, seizure and arrest, pretrial and motions practice, jury trial and evidentiary rules; historical basis and evolution of the various aspects of the criminal justice process.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
LSTU 211Criminal Law3.00
The legal definition of crime and defenses; purposes and function of the substantive criminal law; historical foundations; the limits of criminal law. Cross-listed as CJUS 211.
LSTU 220Civil Procedure3.00
Survey of the civil litigation process in state and federal courts, including form and content of documents used in instituting, prosecuting and defending lawsuits.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LSTU 221Administrative Law2.00
Review of federal, state and local administrative agencies.
Typically Offered:
Summer Only
LSTU 222Probate,Wills,and Trusts2.00
Fundamental principles of the law of disposition of property inter vivos and after death; introduction to the techniques of estate planning.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
LSTU 223Family Law2.00
The law of family relation, including marriage, annulment, dissolution, judicial separation, alimony, legitimacy of children, custody and adoption, community property and non-marital relationships.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
LSTU 224Personal Injury Litigation2.00
Study of torts, including negligence, defenses, strict liability, nuisance, defamation and product liability.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
LSTU 225Real Property2.00
Basic principles of real property law, including leases, conveyances, contracts of sale, zoning, mortgages and the landlord-tenant relationship.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
LSTU 227Creditors' Remedies/Debtors' Rights2.00
Bankruptcy and wage-earner plans; alternatives to bankruptcy; collection procedures; negotiations with creditors, post-discharge responsibilities.
Typically Offered:
Summer Only
LSTU 228Contract Law2.00
Consideration of the principles of the law of contracts and restitution; contract formation; enforceability; performance and breach; plaintiffs' remedies and third-party interests.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
LSTU 233Law, Citizenship and Civic Engagement3.00
Investigates the legal rights and responsibilities of citizens in the United States, both individual and corporate. Topics include the ethical dimensions of citizenship, its acquisition and loss. The course involves the student in academic service learning in the local community.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms
LSTU 261Contemporary Issues in Law and Society3.00
Explores controversies arising within or impinging on the American legal system. Research, discussion and debate on 20 pressing issues of contemporary significance in American law. Students consider the differential impact of issues on various disempowered and minority groups in the United States and around the world. Fulfills General Education Social Science-Contemporary Society category.
General Education Attributes:
SS Social Sciences
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LSTU 268Alternative Dispute Resolution3.00
Compares and contrasts the adversary system of American law, the settlement/negotiation model advanced within the Alternative Dispute Resolution movement. Discussion of comparative institutions, processes, costs, theoretical approaches and justifications. Treatment of theories and practice and skill/training development of alternatives to litigation including mediation, arbitration, mini-trials, etc.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
LSTU 289Legal Studies Elective0.00 - 99.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
LSTU 301Study Abroad0.00 - 6.00
Field trips designed by department faculty to give students direct experiences in foreign countries. Each program includes preparatory reading, orientation meetings, a faculty-supervised study tour, and a detailed written evaluation of learning situations associated with the course. With consent of the relevant program and content adaptation, programs provided by other agencies can be considered for credit. Students must obtain approval for taking these courses prior to participation. Otherwise the course may not count. For specific degree requirements, consult your advisor. Course can be repeated only if content is different.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
LSTU 303Environmental Law and Regulation3.00
Explores the ethics of and relationships between environmental issues and governmental action, as well as conservation, preservation and management of natural resources through public policy relation to government and the role of morality and legislation in matters of individual choice.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LSTU 305Methods of Legal Research and Writing3.00
Introduction to legal research, including legal resources and computerized legal data research; practice briefing cases and use of treatises, texts, digests, reporter systems, citation resources, encyclopedias, legal periodicals and government documents; introduction to basic principles of legal analysis and writing principles.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
LSTU 306Methods of Legal Writing and Argumentation3.00
Advanced course in legal research, writing and argumentation skills.
Prerequisites:
Having completed LSTU 305 is prerequisite for taking this course.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LSTU 321Judicial Process3.00
This course asks two easily stated and related questions: (1) how do judges judge? (2) how should judges judge? Study of adjudication in both civil and criminal contexts. Students will write and argue an appellate brief.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
LSTU 333Great Legal Trials: Stories That Changed Law3.00
Explores the great legal trials that informed and transformed our understanding of the law and the society that we live within. Students will also deepen their understanding of theories and practices of argument construction and defense. Offers numerous hands-on practice experiences.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
LSTU 354Jurisprudence3.00
History of philosophical consideration of law, its means and ends; focus on special problems in contemporary legal philosophy such as conflicting theories of punishment, the natural law/positivist debate, individual rights in relation to government and the role of morality and legislation in matters of individual choice. Cross-listed as LSTU 354
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
LSTU 357Law and Colonialism3.00
Investigates in what ways legal doctrines and procedures were deployed by Western colonial powers to demean and denigrate the equality and humanity of peoples whom they sought to subjugate.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
LSTU 363Comparative Law and Courts3.00
Examines several judicial systems including the common law and civil law systems, Islamic justice, socialist law and Asian and African systems. Terrorism and the courts.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
LSTU 365Race, Class, Gender and the Law3.00
Explores how the law has interacted with, impacted and affected race, ethnicity, gender and class issues in the United States context. Students read and criticize key legal cases, explore arguments made in legal settings about race/ethnicity/class/gender, examine the areas of silence or inaction by the law and assess the current interconnection between race, ethnicity, class, gender and the law. Fulfills diversity requirement of General Education.
General Education Attributes:
DIV Diversity
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Every Other Year
LSTU 389Legal Studies Elective0.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
LSTU 450U.S.Constitutional Law, Part I3.00
Survey of the origin and development of the U.S. Constitution using Supreme Court cases which define the powers of the Supreme Court, Congress and the President; the relationship between the national government and the individual states.
Typically Offered:
Spring Term Only
LSTU 451U.S. Constitutional Law, Part II-Civil Liberties and Civil Rights3.00
Study of the constitutional principles concerning the relations between the individual and the government; using decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court; consideration of the requirements of due process and criminal procedure necessary to safeguard the constitutional rights of criminal suspects and defendants.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
LSTU 455The First Amendment and Protestant Fundamentalism3.00
Protestant Fundamentalism the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. Intelligent design/evolution dispute and its impact on public education in states and at the federal level. "Higher criticism," biblical inerrancy and the Scopes "Monkey Trial."
Typically Offered:
Spring Term every other Year
LSTU 485Internship3.00
A structured and focused field experience in a law-related placement. Students perform duties assigned by their placement supervisor, keep a log/journal of activities and prepare a 12-15 page analysis paper discussing specific ways their placement complemented, and added perspective to coursework. General Education Requirements: Since the internship is both an independent learning experience and a capstone experience, the course satisfies the requirements of Category C. Students completing LSTU 485 as a senior capstone experience will be required to give a public presentation on their work. Instructor consent is required to enroll in this course.
Typically Offered:
Fall Term Only
LSTU 489Legal Studies Elective0.00 - 12.00
Transfer credits ONLY from another accredited institution not equivalent to a UW-Superior course.
LSTU 497Special and Student-Initiated Seminars1.00 - 3.00
This is a specially designed seminar or student-initiated seminar when there is sufficient interest or a special topic to examine. For further information, contact LSTU program faculty.
Typically Offered:
Occasional by Demand
LSTU 499Independent Research/Applied Skills1.00 - 3.00
Section 1: Mock Trial. Applied skills course experience for those participating in competitive Mock Trial. Spring semester each year. Section 2: General Research. For students pursuing independent and advanced research projects under the supervision of a faculty member on a topic and consistent with a plan mutually agreed to between instructor and student. Also can be used for applied skills experiences that are equivalent to academic credit experiences within judgment of instructor of Legal Studies courses. On demand. Course can be repeated for up to six credits toward graduation although only three credits count toward major/minor requirements. Students completing LSTU 499 as a senior capstone experience will be required to give a public presentation of their work. See Legal Studies faculty for more information.
Typically Offered:
Fall and Spring Terms

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