Legal Studies Programs

Faculty Top of Page

Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo - Professor, Ph.D., JD, Mediator
Leslie Dollen - Senior Lecturer, JD

Legal Studies and Criminal Justice Program Top of Page

Providing courses of study both in Legal Studies and Criminal Justice, the Legal Studies Program is one of four programs housed in the Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity Department. Legal Studies and Criminal Justice are two disciplines under the umbrella of the Legal Studies major. Students can elect to pursue either or both disciplines. The major in Legal Studies requires coursework totaling 35-36 credits, whereas the Criminal Justice concentration offers a comprehensive curriculum of 57-58 credits.

Learning Goals of the Legal Studies and Criminal Justice Program

  1. to analyze and interpret legal texts
  2. to write well
  3. to convey ideas effectively orally
  4. to think critically and to reason analytically
  5. to practice public service

Legal Studies Major Description

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.

Legal Studies Major requirements Top of Page

35-36 total credits

Completion of 35 or 36 credits is required, including 24 credits in required courses, 3 credits in a procedure course, 2 or 3 credits in a substantive law course and 6 credits from two of three groups.

Law and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Law, Citizenship and Civic Engagement -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Issues in Law and Society -- 3.00 credits
Alternative Dispute Resolution -- 3.00 credits
Methods of Legal Research and Writing -- 3.00 credits
U.S.Constitutional Law, Part I -- 3.00 credits
U.S. Constitutional Law, Part II-Civil Liberties and Civil Rights -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 3.00 credits

or

Independent Research/Applied Skills -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits

Legal Procedures courses (3 credits required):

Criminal Procedure -- 3.00 credits
or
Civil Procedure -- 3.00 credits

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

Criminal Law -- 3.00 credits
Administrative Law -- 2.00 credits
Estate Planning and Probate -- 2.00 credits
Family Law -- 2.00 credits
Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation -- 2.00 credits
Real Estate Law -- 2.00 credits
Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Law -- 2.00 credits
Contract Law -- 2.00 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

Great Legal Trials: Stories That Changed Law -- 3.00 credits
Jurisprudence -- 3.00 credits

Group 2: Legal Process and Ordering

Environmental Law and Regulation -- 3.00 credits
Judicial Process -- 3.00 credits
Crime,Corrections and Punishment -- 3.00 credits

Group 3: Diversity and Multicultural Issues

Comparative Law and Courts -- 3.00 credits
Race, Class, Gender and the Law -- 3.00 credits
Gender,Crime,and Justice -- 3.00 credits

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 Top of Page

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.

Criminal Justice Concentration (comprehensive) Requirements Top of Page

57 total credits (58 credits with a core University Studies mathematics course - MATH 130)

Legal Studies Core courses (9 credits required):

Law and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Criminal Law -- 3.00 credits
Alternative Dispute Resolution -- 3.00 credits

Justice Core courses (24 credits required):

Crime, Behavior and Social Control -- 3.00 credits
Police and Society -- 3.00 credits
Criminal Courts and American Justice -- 3.00 credits
Crime,Corrections and Punishment -- 3.00 credits
Criminology -- 3.00 credits
Delinquency and Juvenile Justice -- 3.00 credits
Applied Criminal Justice -- 3.00 credits
Criminal Justice Policy Issues and Reform -- 3.00 credits

Courses available to be paired with Capstone Presentation include CJUS 463, 491 or 492 with advisor consent.

Senior Capstone Presentation -- 0.00 credits

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

Research Methods in Criminal Justice -- 3.00 credits

and

Elementary Statistics -- 4.00 credits

or

Statistics for Psychological Research -- 3.00 credits

Diversity Course (3 credits required):

Gender,Crime,and Justice -- 3.00 credits

or

Gender,Crime,and Justice -- 3.00 credits

or

Race, Class, Gender and the Law -- 3.00 credits

Elective Credits (15 credits required): With advisor's approval, other courses not listed below can be substituted and count as part of the 15 credits.

1. Law and Justice (9 credits required):

Field Exp./Cert Prog CJUS -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Criminal Procedure -- 3.00 credits
Criminal Investigations -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Issues in Law and Society -- 3.00 credits
Study Abroad -- 0.00 - 6.00 credits
Community Corrections -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics -- 3.00 credits
Judicial Process -- 3.00 credits
Jurisprudence -- 3.00 credits
Comparative Law and Courts -- 3.00 credits
International Law -- 3.00 credits
U.S.Constitutional Law, Part I -- 3.00 credits
U.S. Constitutional Law, Part II-Civil Liberties and Civil Rights -- 3.00 credits
[[ACCT 465]]
Student Initiated Seminar -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Individualized Research -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits

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

Contemporary Moral Problems -- 3.00 credits
Race and Ethnicity -- 3.00 credits
Social Psychology -- 3.00 credits
Crisis Intervention -- 3.00 credits
U.S. State and Local Government -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Addiction and Recovery -- 3.00 credits
Psychopharmacology -- 3.00 credits
Psychological Disorders -- 3.00 credits
Power and Resistance -- 3.00 credits
Theories of Justice -- 3.00 credits
Memory and Cognition -- 3.00 credits

Legal Studies Minor requirements-Suspended Top of Page

No admission to this program as of November 3, 2017.  Program has been suspended.  Current students in good standing have until December 23, 2022 to complete the program. 

 

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

Required courses (15 credits required):

Law and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Contemporary Issues in Law and Society -- 3.00 credits
Alternative Dispute Resolution -- 3.00 credits
Methods of Legal Research and Writing -- 3.00 credits
U.S.Constitutional Law, Part I -- 3.00 credits
or
U.S. Constitutional Law, Part II-Civil Liberties and Civil Rights -- 3.00 credits

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

Administrative Law -- 2.00 credits
Estate Planning and Probate -- 2.00 credits
Family Law -- 2.00 credits
Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation -- 2.00 credits
Real Estate Law -- 2.00 credits
Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Law -- 2.00 credits
Contract Law -- 2.00 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

Great Legal Trials: Stories That Changed Law -- 3.00 credits
Jurisprudence -- 3.00 credits

Group 2-Legal Process and Ordering

Environmental Law and Regulation -- 3.00 credits
Judicial Process -- 3.00 credits
Crime,Corrections and Punishment -- 3.00 credits

Group 3-Multiculturalism, Diversity and Law

Comparative Law and Courts -- 3.00 credits
Race, Class, Gender and the Law -- 3.00 credits
Gender,Crime,and Justice -- 3.00 credits

Criminal Justice Minor Requirements Top of Page

The curriculum consists of coursework totaling 24 credits: 15 required credits and 9 elective credits.

24 total credits

Justice Core courses (15 credits required):

Crime, Behavior and Social Control -- 3.00 credits
Police and Society -- 3.00 credits
Crime,Corrections and Punishment -- 3.00 credits
Criminology -- 3.00 credits
Delinquency and Juvenile Justice -- 3.00 credits

Elective Credits (9 credits required):

A total of 9 elective credits selected from the following. With advisor's approval, other courses not listed below can be substituted and count as part of the 9 credits.

Field Exp./Cert Prog CJUS -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Criminal Procedure -- 3.00 credits
Criminal Law -- 3.00 credits
Criminal Investigations -- 3.00 credits
Alternative Dispute Resolution -- 3.00 credits
Study Abroad -- 0.00 - 6.00 credits
Gender,Crime,and Justice -- 3.00 credits

or

Gender,Crime,and Justice -- 3.00 credits
Criminal Courts and American Justice -- 3.00 credits
Community Corrections -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics -- 3.00 credits
Judicial Process -- 3.00 credits
Crisis Intervention -- 3.00 credits
Introduction to Addiction and Recovery -- 3.00 credits
International Law -- 3.00 credits
U.S. Constitutional Law, Part II-Civil Liberties and Civil Rights -- 3.00 credits
[[ACCT 465]]
Applied Criminal Justice -- 3.00 credits
Student Initiated Seminar -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Individualized Research -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits

Certificate Programs Top of Page

The Legal Studies program collaborates with the [NAMEONLY:CEE] 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 (715-394-8482 or mcuzzo@uwsuper.edu) or Lisa Mattsson in the [NAMEONLY:CEE] (715-394-8033 or lmattsso@uwsuper.edu) for more information.

Paralegal Certificate requirements Top of Page

30 total credits

Required courses (18 credits required):

Law and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Paralegalism and Ethics -- 3.00 credits
Civil Procedure -- 3.00 credits
Methods of Legal Research and Writing -- 3.00 credits
Methods of Legal Writing and Argumentation -- 3.00 credits
Internship -- 3.00 credits

Substantive Law courses (6 credits required):

Administrative Law -- 2.00 credits
Estate Planning and Probate -- 2.00 credits
Family Law -- 2.00 credits
Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation -- 2.00 credits
Real Estate Law -- 2.00 credits
Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Law -- 2.00 credits
Contract Law -- 2.00 credits

Procedural Law courses (3 credits required):

Criminal Procedure -- 3.00 credits
Criminal Law -- 3.00 credits
Criminal Investigations -- 3.00 credits

Skills Development courses (3 credits required):

Contemporary Issues in Law and Society -- 3.00 credits
Alternative Dispute Resolution -- 3.00 credits

Mediation Certificate requirements Top of Page

6 total credits

Required courses (6 credits required):

Ethics and State Regulation of Mediation -- 1.00 credits
Family Law Mediation -- 3.00 credits
Civil Law Mediation -- 2.00 credits

Criminal Justice Paralegal requirements Top of Page

29 credits

Required core courses (14 credits):

Law and Human Behavior -- 3.00 credits
Paralegalism and Ethics -- 3.00 credits
Methods of Legal Research and Writing -- 3.00 credits
Methods of Legal Writing and Argumentation -- 3.00 credits
Family Law -- 2.00 credits

Required CJ concentrated courses (9 credits):

Criminal Procedure -- 3.00 credits
Criminal Law -- 3.00 credits
Criminal Investigations -- 3.00 credits

Required skills courses (6 credits):

Contemporary Issues in Law and Society -- 3.00 credits
Applied Criminal Justice -- 3.00 credits

Internship Capstone Experience (with a special addition analysis section related to paralegal opportunities in the student's CJUS internship placement) -3 credits