Legal Studies (LSTU)

115 Law and Human Behavior (3) 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 effort 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. F10, S11, F11, S12

117 Paralegalism and Ethics (3) Explores the field of paralegalism, introduction to the law, legal procedures and paralegal skills and legal ethics. S11, S12

210 Criminal Procedure and Evidence (3) 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. Cross-listed as CJUS 210.  S11, S12

211 Criminal Law (3) 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. F11

220 Civil Procedure (3) Survey of the civil litigation process in state and federal courts, including form and content of documents used in instituting, prosecuting and defending lawsuits. S11, S12

221 Administrative Law (2) Review of federal, state and local administrative agencies including form and content of documents used in instituting, prosecuting and defending lawsuits. SS11

222 Probate, Wills, and Trusts (2) Fundamental principles of the law of disposition of property inter vivos and after death; introduction to the techniques of estate planning. S11

223 Family Law (2) The law of family relation, including marriage, annulment, dissolution, judicial separation, alimony, legitimacy of children, custody and adoption, community property and non-marital relationships. F11

224 Personal Injury Litigation (2) Study of torts, including negligence, defenses, strict liability, nuisance, defamation and product liability. SS11

225 Real Property (2) Basic principles of real property law, including leases, conveyances, contracts of sale, zoning, mortgages and the landlord-tenant relationship. F11

227 Creditors' Remedies/Debtors' Rights (2) Bankruptcy and wage-earner plans; alternatives to bankruptcy; collection procedures; negotiations with creditors, post-discharge responsibilities.

228 Contract Law (2) Consideration of the principles of the law of contracts and reinstitution; briefing and discussion of leading contract cases. Contract formation; enforceability; performance and breach; plaintiff's remedies and third-party interests. S11

233 Law, Citizenship and Civic Engagement (3) 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 as well as its rights and responsibilities. The course involves the student in some form of academic service learning in the local community. F11

240 Domestic Abuse, Diversity and Other Challenges of Mediation (2) Examines the theory and practice of conflict resolution and mediation, with special emphasis on the challenges posed in situations involving domestic abuse, power imbalances, diversity and multicultural situations. Meets the six-hour requirement under State of Minnesota Rule 114 for qualified neutral domestic abuse training and six hours of multicultural training. SS11

241 Ethics and State Regulation of Mediation (1) Explores the ethical codes of conduct for mediation, the state regulatory schemes for conflict regulation and the professional expectations for mediators. SS11

242 Mediation in Education (2) Theory and practices of mediation in the education context including student to faculty, faculty to faculty, faculty to administration and communities of education. SS11

243 Tribal Mediation/Conflict Resolution (2) Explores the field of tribal mediation practices, including traditional ways of resolving conflict and tribal ritual/practice in community discussion. Explores tribal context assumptions as it relates to conflict resolution.

244 Restorative Justice (2) Explores the field of restorative justice including key assumptions, core practices (conferencing, circling, facilitation), and applications. Comparisons with the current criminal justice system model will be explored.

245 Workplace Dispute Resolution (2) Explores the field of workplace dispute resolution including key assumptions, core practices, key ideas of negotiation in workplace matters, labor-management relations and applications.

261 Contemporary Issues in Law and Society (3) Explores the relationship between the legal system, law and courts and current, controversial issues in society. Students research and debate 20 issues of contemporary significance in American society regarding law. Students encouraged to consider the differential impact of issues on various disempowered and minority groups in the United States and around the world, where relevant. Fulfills General Education Social Science-Contemporary Society category. S11, S12

268 Alternative Dispute Resolution (3) Explores the comparisons and contrasts between the adversary system of American law, the settlement/negotiation model and the Alternative Dispute Resolution movement, including institutions, processes, costs, theoretical approaches and justifications, historical development; theories, practice and skill/training development of alternatives to litigation including mediation, arbitration, mini-trials, etc. Cross-listed as CJUS 268. F10, F11

301 Study Abroad (0-6) 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 this 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. As needed.

303 Environmental Law and Regulation (3) Explores the ethics of and inter-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. Cross-listed as PHIL 303. S11, S12

305 Methods of Legal Research and Basic Legal Writing (3) Introduction to legal research, including legal resources and computerized legal data research; practice with 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. F10, F11

306 Methods of Legal Writing and Argumentation (3) Advanced course in legal research, writing and argumentation skills. S11, S12

321 Judicial Process (3) This course asks two simple and related questions:  (1) how do judges judge? (2) how should judges judge? Examines judicial process as a mediator of social change, as a mitigating factor in social conflict and as a mechanism for dispute resolution in both civil and criminal contexts. Explores how judges interpret, make and enforce the law, at times in the face of external social and political pressure; how various officers of the court, including lawyers, carry out their responsibilities, and how well current processes and procedures of litigation, compliance and enforcement address the challenges of modern life. Cross-listed as POLS 321. S12

333 Great Legal Trials: Stories That Changed Law (3) 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. F10

354 Introduction to Jurisprudence (3) 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 PHIL 354. F10

357 Law and Colonialism (3) Investigates to what extent and 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, rule and exploit.  S12

363 Comparative Law and Courts (3) Examines judicial systems found in different cultures and countries of the world including the American (as well as English and Australian) common law, European civil (code) law, Islamic justice, Chinese socialist, American Indian legal systems (various tribes), African tribal justice, Indian/Pakistani law courts, etc. F11

365 Race, Class, Gender, the Law and Politics (3) 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. F11

410 First Nations Law (3) Examines the unique relationship between indigenous tribes of the United States and the United States government through the context of tribal sovereignty. Explores the impact of the Supreme Court and the court's interpretation of legislation and judicial decisions of the past. Also explores the future of the domestic dependent nations status and tribal sovereignty. Prerequisite FNS/POLS 151 or instructor consent. Cross-listed as FNS 410. S12

450 U.S. Constitutional Law I (3) 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. Cross-listed as POLS 450. F10, F11

451 U.S. Constitutional Law, Part II -- Civil Liberties and Criminal Process (3) Study of the constitutional principles concerning the relations between the individual and the government; an inquiry into selected civil rights and civil liberties decisions of the Supreme Court; consideration of the requirements of due process and criminal procedure necessary to safeguard the constitutional rights of criminal suspects and defendants. Cross-listed as CJUS/POLS 451. S11, S12

465 The First Amendment and Protestant Fundamentalism (3) Investigation of how proponents of Protestant Fundamentalism have sought to advance their goals through interpretation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. The intelligent evolution/design dispute and its impact on public education in states and at the federal level. "Higher criticism," biblical inerrancy and the Scopes "Monkey Trial."  S11

471 Family Law Mediation (3) Theory and practices of conflict resolution and mediation in the area of family law relationships (including but not limited to custody, parenting, visitation, divorce settlement issues). Meets the 40-hour State of Minnesota Rule 14 requirements for qualified neutral training in facilitative mediation and the 25-hour mediation training requirement under State of Wisconsin. SS11

472 Civil Law Mediation (2) Theory and practice of mediation and conflict resolution in the civil law. Meets the 30-hour requirement for State of Minnesota Rule 114 qualified neutral status in civil law facilitative mediation. SS11

475 Transformative Mediation (2) Explores the field of transformative mediation including empowerment and recognition principles, core skills and role play opportunities. SS12 

485 Internship Capstone Experience (3) A structured and focused field experience in a legal studies-related placement. Students will be assigned various duties by supervising placement contact, keep a log/journal of activities and prepare a 12-15 page analysis paper at end of internship exploring how in-field experience complemented, supplemented and challenged the student's academic education Handout and contract agreed to with instructor prior to internship beginning. General Education Requirements: Since the internship is both an independent learning experience and a capstone experience, the course satisfies the requirements of Category C. Prerequisites: Only students with a Legal Studies major/minor or paralegal certificate seeking students may enroll. Consent of instructor must be obtained before registering for the course. Students should notify instructor in writing of their interest in doing an internship early in the semester before the semester of the actual field experience. Students completing LSTU 485 as a senior capstone experience will be required to give a public presentation on their work.  See program coordinator in Legal Studies for more information. On demand.

488 Mediation/Conflict Resolution Practicum (2) Provides a final experience for those enrolled in the mediation/conflict resolution certificate program or and individualized minors utilizing this course in applying the theory of conflict resolution/mediation to the sets of practices learned through the 19 credit curriculum. Using videotaping, immediate assessment and multiple role plays and scenarios, students have a final opportunity to practice their skills sets with academic and professional evaluation prior to completing the certificate program. Reflects the academic department's commitment to theory and practice education. Prerequisites: completion of other required curriculum for CDD Mediation/Conflict certificate prior to taking this course. On demand.  

497 Special and Student-Initiated Seminars (1-3) 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 Dr. Cuzzo, Sundquist 335. On demand.

499 Independent Research/Applied Skills (1-3) 499-1: Mock Trial. Applied skills course experience for those participating in competitive Mock Trial/Mock Mediation/Moot Court. Spring semester each year. 499-2/699-2 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 program coordinator in Legal Studies for more information.