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Legal Studies


2012-2014 Catalog

Legal Studies

Faculty

Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo, Professor of Legal Studies
Gary Keveles, Professor of Criminal Justice
George Wright, Professor of Legal Studies
Christopher O'Connor, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Legal Studies Program

Providing courses of study both in Legal Studies and Criminal Justice, the Legal Studies Program is one of four programs housed in the Department of Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity. The major in Legal Studies requires coursework totaling 35-36 credits, whereas the Criminal Justice curriculum offers a comprehensive major of 57-58 credits.

Legal Studies Major

The major in Legal Studies provides an undergraduate liberal arts major grounded in the Humanist tradition of law. The focus of the program is the study of law in itself and in its relations to politics, moral philosophy, society and history.

The impact of law and legal process upon citizens in the United States and around the world has increased markedly in recent years. Factors contributing to the development of law include growth in the complexity of government and regulation, expanded conceptions of individual and group rights, increased public access to knowledge via the internet and increasing exposure to structures of legal ordering, such as healthcare and bank regulation. If citizens are to maintain and advance democratic forms of civic life and participation, they require better knowledge of the role of law, its goals, methods, successes and failures. Coupled to this must be an understanding of the limits of the dominant forms of dispute resolution as well as the benefits of alternative forms.

Students in the Legal Studies major learn about both the theoretical and practical dimensions of law, not only within the American model, but in other legal systems as well. They gain first-hand experience in legal analysis, argument and advocacy as well as in mediation and other forms of alternative conflict resolution (ADR). They learn such substantive areas of law as contracts, real property, family law, etc., and gain an understanding of procedural law in civil and criminal contexts. The program offers coursework in law-related topics involving diversity, multiculturalism, environmental regulation and international law.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Legal Studies major will have

  • Ability to analyze and interpret texts
  • Ability to write well
  • Ability to effectively convey ideas orally
  • Ability to critically think and analytically reason
  • Ability to understand citizenship

Legal Studies Major requirements

35-36 total credits

Required courses (21 credits required):

LSTU 115 Law and Human Behavior -- 3 credits
LSTU 233 Law, Citizenship and Civic Engagement -- 3 credits
LSTU 261 Contemporary Issues in Law and Society -- 3 credits
LSTU 268 Alternative Dispute Resolution -- 3 credits
LSTU 305 Methods of Legal Research and BasicLegal Writing -- 3 credits
LSTU 450 Constitutional Law I -- 3 credits
LSTU 451 Constitutional Law II -- 3 credits
 
LSTU 485 Internship -- 3 credits
OR
LSTU 499 (1) Participation in Mock Trial or Mock Mediation -- 3 credits
OR
LSTU 499 (2) Independent Research/Applied Capstone -- 3 credits

Legal Procedures courses (3 credits required):

LSTU 201 Criminal Procedure -- 3 credits
OR
LSTU 220 Civil Procedure -- 3 credits

Substantive Law courses (2 credits required; students are strongly encouraged to take more of these courses as electives):

LSTU 211 Criminal Law -- 3 credits
LSTU 221 Administrative Law -- 2 credits
LSTU 222 Probate, Wills and Estates -- 2 credits
LSTU 223 Family Law -- 2 credits
LSTU 224 Personal Injury Litigation -- 2 credits
LSTU 225 Real Property -- 2 credits
LSTU 227 Creditor's Remedies/Debtor's Rights -- 2 credits
LSTU 228 Contract Law --2 credits

Courses in two of three groups (6 credits required; LSTU majors must take at least one course denoted below as requiring a term paper):

Group 1: Legal Theory and Practice

LSTU 333 Great Legal Trials: Stories That Changedthe Law -- 3 credits (term paper required)
LSTU 354 Jurisprudence -- 3 credits (term paper required)
LSTU 455 Protestant Fundamentalism and FirstAmendment -- 3 credits (term paper required)

Group 2: Legal Process and Ordering

LSTU 303 Environmental Law, Legislation and Regulation -- 3 credits (term paper required)
LSTU 321 Judicial Process and Politics -- 3 credits (term paper required)
CJUS 316 Crime, Corrections and Punishment -- 3 credits

Group 3: Diversity and Multicultural Issues

LSTU 363 Comparative Law and Courts -- 3 credits
LSTU 365 Race, Class, Gender, Law and Politics -- 3 credits (term paper required)
CJUS 312 Gender, Crime and Justice -- 3 credits
LSTU 357 Law and Colonialism -- 3 credits (term paper required)

For students planning to attend law school or graduate school, a preparatory course in the LSAT or GRE examination is highly recommended.

Criminal Justice Program Description

Understanding crime and justice is essential in a democratic society, and studying both is challenging. Crime involves coercion, freedom, fear and safety. A low incidence of crime enables society to work toward a higher quality of life. An explosion of crime tears at the fabric of a community. Crime is both a legal and a political concept. The very definition of crime is rooted in law; however, it is not limited to law. Some injuries to society become prohibitions in criminal statutes. Other harms, for various historical, political and cultural reasons, are not included within the penal code. Justice, itself, is an elusive philosophical concept that has legal, political, economic, social and psychological underpinnings as well as implications. Ever present in our thinking is the desire for justice in individual cases as well as the pursuit of living in a just society.

With a strong liberal arts emphasis, the Criminal Justice program encourages intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and extensive communication skills, characteristics associated with rewarding professional and personal lives. At the same time, a primary goal of the UW-Superior's Criminal Justice Program is the academic preparation of individuals planning criminal justice careers as well as the educational advancement of practitioners already enjoying criminal justice careers.

The criminal justice curriculum is both broad and deep, enabling students to critically reflect on the complexity of "the problem" of crime as well as our paradoxical responses to it. Its study requires a multidisciplinary approach. Housed in a Legal Studies major, the concentration in Criminal Justice examines various ways of "knowing" the problem, especially through a rigorous, scientific lens. Completion of core courses in criminal justice permits students to become firmly grounded in a range of perspectives in the justice field. Selection of courses from legal studies provides a significant context for appreciating the fluid boundaries of justice systems. In addition to classes in criminal justice and legal studies, the curriculum consists of coursework in six areas: accounting, philosophy, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology. Taking courses from these disciplines enable students to achieve global views of this complex problem and its possible solutions as well as to "drill down" into critical subject areas. Selection of elective courses encourages students to pursue flexible paths of study tailored to their individual interests in such careers as law enforcement, law and court processing, juvenile and adult corrections as well as graduate education. The result is the achievement of baccalaureate competency in the study of criminal justice.

Graduates from UW-Superior's Criminal Justice program distinguish themselves in many diverse professional fields, in graduate and law schools, and in the community. Alumni serve in positions of responsibility across the United States in federal, state and local criminal and juvenile justice agencies as well as in Canadian justice agencies. Others have careers as private attorneys, paralegals, youth counselors, teachers, military officers, security/loss specialists and private investigators.

No minor is required because the Criminal Justice Concentration in Legal Studies is a comprehensive major.

Depending on course selection, the number of credits is either 57 or 58. Thirteen credits of the total satisfy General Education credits. Excluding these 13 General Education credits, the curriculum in criminal justice consists of either 44 or 45 credits.

Criminal Justice Concentration (comprehensive) Requirements

57 total credits (58 credits with a core general education mathematics course - MATH 130)

Legal Studies Core courses (9 credits required):

LSTU 115 Law and Human Behavior -- 3 credits
LSTU 211 Criminal Law -- 3 credits
LSTU 268 Alternative Dispute Resolution -- 3 credits

Justice Core courses (21 credits required):

CJUS 106 Human Behavior and Its Control -- 3 credits
CJUS 207 Police in American Communities -- 3 credits
CJUS 316 Crime, Corrections and Punishment -- 3 credits
CJUS 448 Criminology -- 3 credits
CJUS 463 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice -- 3 credits
CJUS 491 Applied Criminal Justice -- 3 credits (one of two capstone choices)
CJUS 492 Senior Thesis -- 3 credits (one of two capstone choices)

Research Design and Quantitative Analysis courses (6 or 7 credits required):

POLS 296 Research Design -- 3 credits
AND
MATH 130 Elementary Statistics -- 4 credits
OR
PSYC 301 Statistics for Psychological Research -- 3 credits

Diversity Course (3 credits required):

CJUS/WST 312 Gender, Crime and Justice -- 3 credits
OR
LSTU 365 Race, Class, Gender, the Law and Politics -- 3 credits

Elective Credits (18 credits required:) With advisor's approval, other courses not listed below can be substituted and count as part of the 18 credits.

1. Law (6 credits required):

LSTU 210 Criminal Procedure and Evidence -- 3 credits
LSTU 261 Contemporary Issues in Law and Society -- 3 credits
LSTU 321 Judicial Process -- 3 credits
LSTU 354 Jurisprudence -- 3 credits
LSTU 363 Comparative Law and Courts -- 3 credits
POLS 353 International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes -- 3 credits
LSTU 450 U.S. Constitutional Law I -- 3 credits
LSTU 451 U.S. Constitutional Law, Part II - CivilLiberties and Criminal Process -- 3 credits

2. Harms, Ethics and Society (6 credits required):

PHIL 211 Moral Philosophy -- 3 credits
SOW 227 Interpersonal Skills -- 3 credits
MEDI 240 Domestic Abuse, Diversity and Other Challenges of Mediation -- 1 credit
PSYC 270 Psychology of Men -- 3 credits
SOCI 273 Race and Ethnicity -- 3 credits
PSYC 317 Interpersonal, Community and Global Violence -- 3 credits
PSYC 318 Peace Psychology -- 3 credits
SOW 329 Crisis Intervention -- 3 credits
SOW 350 An Introduction to Addiction and Recovery -- 3 credits

3. Justice System Responses (6 credits required):

CJUS 160 Field Experienced/Certification Program inCriminal Justice -- 1-3 credits
CJUS 212 Managing Criminal Investigations -- 3 credits
CJUS 301 Study Abroad -- 0-6 credits
CJUS 315 Criminal Courts and American Justice -- 3 credits
CJUS 318 Community Corrections -- 3 credits
CJUS 320 Special Topics in Criminal Justice -- 3 credits
ACCT 465 Fraud Examinations -- 3 credits
CJUS 497 Student Initiated Seminar -- 1-3 credits
CJUS 499 Individualized Research or Applied Skills -- 1-3 credits

Legal Studies Minor requirements

Completion of 23 credits is required, including 15 credits in required courses, 2 credits in substantive law courses and 6 credits from two of three groups.

Required courses (15 credits required):

LSTU 115 Law and Human Behavior -- 3 credits
LSTU 261 Contemporary Issues in Law and Society -- 3 credits
LSTU 268 Alternative Dispute Resolution -- 3 credits
LSTU 305 Methods of Legal Research and Basic Writing -- 3 credits
 
LSTU 450 Constitutional Law I -- 3 credits
OR
LSTU 451 Constitutional Law II -- 3 credits

Substantive Law courses (2 credits required; students are encouraged to take more credits from this area as electives:

LSTU 221 Administrative Law -- 2 credits
LSTU 222 Probate, Wills and Estates -- 2 credits
LSTU 223 Family Law -- 2 credits
LSTU 224 Personal Injury Litigation -- 2 credits
LSTU 225 Real Property -- 2 credits
LSTU 227 Creditors' Remedies/Debtors' Rights -- 2 credits
LSTU 228 Contract Law -- 2 credits

Two Three Groups (6 credits required; those minoring in LSTU must take at least one course denoted below as requiring a term paper):

Group 1-Legal Theory and Practice

LSTU 333 Great Legal Trials: Stories that Changed the Law -- 3 credits (term paper required)
LSTU 354 Jurisprudence -- 3 credits (term paper required)
LSTU 455 Protestant Fundamentalism and First Amendment -- 3 credits (term paper required)

Group 2-Legal Process and Ordering

LSTU 303 Environmental Law, Legislation and Regulation -- 3 credits (term paper required)
LSTU 321 Judicial Process -- 3 credits
LSTU 316 Crime, Corrections and Punishment -- 3 credits

Group 3-Multiculturalism, Diversity and Law

LSTU 363 Comparative Law and Courts -- 3 credits
LSTU 365 Race, Class, Gender and Law -- 3 credits (term paper required)
CJUS 312 Gender, Crime and Justice -- 3 credits
LSTU 357 Law and Colonialism -- 3 credits (term paper required)

Criminal Justice Minor Requirements

The curriculum consists of coursework totaling 24 credits: 12 required credits and 12 elective credits. The elective courses are drawn from two separate pools. Three credits satisfy General Education requirements.

24 total credits

Justice Core courses (12 credits required):

CJUS 106 Human Behavior and Its Control -- 3 credits
CJUS 316 Crime, Corrections and Punishment -- 3 credits
CJUS 448 Criminology -- 3 credits
CJUS 463 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice -- 3 credits

Elective Credits (12 credits required):

A total of 12 elective credits selected from the following two groups. With advisor's approval, other courses not listed below can be substituted and count as part of the 12 credits.

Interpersonal Harm and its Legal Response courses (select 6 credits required):

LSTU 210 Criminal Procedure and Evidence -- 3 credits
LSTU 211 Criminal Law -- 3 credits
LSTU 240 Domestic Abuse, Diversity and Other Challenges of Mediation -- 1 credit
LSTU 268 Alternative Dispute Resolution -- 3 credits
PSYC 317 Interpersonal, Community and GlobalViolence -- 3 credits
LSTU 321 Judicial Process -- 3 credits
SOW 329 Crisis Intervention -- 3 credits
SOW 350 An Introduction to Addiction and Recovery -- 3 credits
LSTU 451 U.S. Constitutional Law, Part II - Civil Liberties and Criminal Process -- 3 credits
POLS 431 International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes -- 3 credits

Justice System courses (6 credits required):

CJUS 160 Field Experience/Certification Program inCriminal Justice -- 1-3 credits
CJUS 207 Police in American Communities -- 3 credits
CJUS 212 Managing Criminal Investigations -- 3 credits
CJUS 301 Study Abroad -- 0-6 credits
CJUS/WST 312 Gender, Crime and Justice -- 3 credits
CJUS 315 Criminal Courts and American Justice -- 3 credits
CJUS 318 Community Corrections -- 3 credits
CJUS 320 Special Topics in Criminal Justice -- 3 credits
ACCT 465 Fraud Examinations -- 3 credits
CJUS 491 Applied Criminal Justice -- 3 credits
CJUS 497 Student-Initiated Seminar -- 1-3 credits
CJUS 499 Individualized Research or Applied Skills -- 1-3 credits

Certificate Programs

The Legal Studies program collaborates with the Center for Continuing Education in offering three certificate programs. Students who are seeking degrees may also complete certificate requirements as part of their elective credits toward a degree. Non-degree-seeking students may seek the certificates through Center for Continuing Education. Completion and awarding of these two certificates is coordinated through the Center for Continuing Education. Contact Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo in Legal Studies (394-8482 or mcuzzo@uwsuper.edu) or Marna Banks in the Center for Continuing Education (394-8033 or mbanks@uwsuper.edu) for more information.

Ethical Leadership Certificate Requirements

These courses will be five weeks in length and all three can be completed within one semester.

3 total credits

Required courses (3 credits required):

LSTU 497 Foundations in Ethical Leadership -- 1 credit
LSTU 497 Ethical Governance and Accountability -- 1 credit
LSTU 497 Implementing Ethical Policies -- 1 credit

Mediation/Conflict Resolution Certificate requirements

9 total credits

Required courses (9 credits required):

MEDI 240 Domestic Abuse, Cultural Diversity and Other Challenges of Mediation -- 1 credit
MEDI 241 Ethics and State Regulation -- 1 credit
MEDI 471 Family Law Facilitative Mediation -- 3 credits
MEDI 472 Civil Law Mediation -- 2 credits
MEDI 488 Practicum -- 2 credits

Paralegal Certificate requirements

30 total credits

Required courses (18 credits required):

LSTU 115 Law and Human Behavior -- 3 credits
LSTU 117 Introduction to Paralegalism and Ethics -- 3 credits
LSTU 220 Civil Procedure -- 3 credits
LSTU 305 Methods of Legal Research and Basic Writing -- 3 credits
LSTU 306 Methods of Legal Writing andArgumentation -- 3 credits
LSTU 485 Internship -- 3 credits

Substantive Law courses (6 credits required):

LSTU 221 Administrative Law -- 2 credits
LSTU 222 Probates, Wills and Estates -- 2 credits
LSTU 223 Family Law -- 2 credits
LSTU 224 Personal Injury Litigation -- 2 credits
LSTU 225 Real Property -- 2 credits
LSTU 227 Creditor's Remedies/Debtor's Rights -- 2 credits
LSTU 228 Contract Law -- 2 credits
LSTU 497 Special Topics -- 2 credits

Procedural Law courses (3 credits required):

CJUS 210 Criminal Procedure -- 3 credits
CJUS 211 Criminal Law -- 3 credits
CJUS 212 Managing Criminal Investigations -- 3 credits

Skills Development courses (3 credits required):

LSTU 261 Contemporary Issues of Law and Society -- 3 credits
LSTU 268 Alternative Dispute Resolution -- 3 credits

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