Mount St. Joseph University

Behavioral & Natural Sciences: Legal Studies Course Descriptions

Undergraduate 2018-2019

LGS 150 Legal Environment (3)
An introduction to the field of law including its background and future types of positions, skills required to function as a paralegal, legal ethics, legal analysis and writing, business writing, and the legal system.

LGS 151 Legal Principles (3) S
An introduction to basic legal principles through the study of the judicial system, judicial decision making, judicial remedies, the range of law, basic theories of law, and legal reasoning.

LGS 151H HON:Legal Principles (0) S
Course description as stated in LGS 151 (Honors Course)

LGS 152 Legal Research (3)
Corequisite(s): LGS 151
An introduction to the use of research materials in the law library, including computer assisted legal research, and a familiarization with the preparation of legal memoranda.

LGS 206 Crime & Constitution (3) LAS
New Course
Crosslisted CRM 206. This course will examine various aspects of crime and criminal procedure that arise from the United States Constitution. Topics covered include search and seizure, due process, indictments, bail, punishments, double jeopardy, self- incrimination, treason, extradition, and the rights to speedy trial by jury, to confront witnesses, and to the effective assistance of counsel.

LGS 210 Business Law I (3)
Crosslisted BUS 210. The study of the nature of law and the legal system, and its application to business and the marketplace.

LGS 210S Serv Lrng:Business Law I (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): LGS 210
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

LGS 261 Business Organizations (3)
Prerequisite(s): LGS 151 or equivalent
A review of business organizations, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. An introduction to terminology and structure and the analysis and preparation of the forms encountered by a business in its operation, with emphasis on developing a student's ability to prepare necessary documents in the corporate law area. Students will also be introduced to mergers, securities, employees, benefits, licenses, creditor's rights, taxation, and accounting.

LGS 271 Estates and Trusts (3)
Prerequisite(s): LGS 151
An introduction to basic wills and trusts concepts and an examination of the law and procedure of preparing wills, administration of estates and general probate procedure. The drafting of wills and trusts, preparation of probate documents, filing procedures, asset collection, accounting, and closing procedures will be covered.

LGS 281 Real Estate (3)
Prerequisite(s): LGS 151
An introduction to the law of real estate, including concepts relating to ownership, transfer and encumbrance of real estate.

LGS 289 Women's Issues and the Law (3) S
New Course
Crosslisted SOC 289. This course is about gender differences and gendered human interrelationships. Through reading and discussion of legislation, judicial opinions, and other sources, we will examine how U.S. law reflects and reinforces social and institutional arrangements that channel men and women into different roles and allocates power between them. We will also look at alternative formulations of legal concepts and at how law is made and implemented. Students should be able to develop a critical analytical approach that can be the basis for evaluating future changes in law.

LGS 291 Litigation (3)
Prerequisite(s): LGS 151
An introduction to the federal and state court systems, initiation of a lawsuit and its procedure through the judicial system. Emphasis placed on jurisdiction, venue, discovery, theories of liability, and causes of action commonly seen in litigation.

LGS 321 US/UK Comp Law & Crim Justice (3) IDS
Prerequisite(s): LGS 151 or CRM 103
In this class, the student will be exposed to the law, legal process, and criminal system of the United Kingdom. The course will focus on development of the law in the United States, as it relates to the British Common Law, and compare and contrast the legal systems of these two countries. At the conclusion of this course, there will be a two-week trip to London, where students will be able to observe the British Court system.

LGS 323 Law & End of Life Issues (3)
New Course
This course will examine the growing role the judicial system in the United States is exercising in determining decisions being made in matters pertaining to end of life decisions. Topics covered will include contemporary rulings by the Supreme Court in issues of ending or sustaining life, as well as legal documents and proceedings such as guardianships, powers of attorney and advance directives (living wills, etc.)

LGS 331 Real Estate Law Practice (3)
Prerequisite(s): LGS 281 or equivalent
Detailed analysis and preparation of all documents related to conveyances, leases, mortgages, and other real estate transactions.

LGS 341 Litigation Practice & Procedure (3)
Prerequisite(s): LGS 291 or equivalent
Development of skills in investigation of cases and interviewing clients and witnesses. Preparation of pleadings and discovery devices. Coverage of trial preparation techniques.

LGS 350T Crim Law & Procedure for LGS (3)
New Course
Prerequisite(s): LGS 151
Crosslisted CRM 350T. This course will address the basics of criminal law and criminal procedure as it relate to paralegal practice.

LGS 350W Immigration Law (3)
New Course
Prerequisite(s): LGS 151
An overview of U.S. immigration law with a special emphasis on employment-based immigration law, including the agencies involved in formulating, interpreting and enforcing U.S. immigration laws.

LGS 350Y Bankruptcy Law (3)
New Course
This course will discuss how debt is created, voluntarily and involuntarily; how security interests in real and personal property are created and perfected; how credit ratings are determined and maintained and the restrictions on accessing credit records under the Credit Reporting Act; the various methods of collecting debt as governed by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act; how to obtain and collect a final a judgment; and how to recognize a fraudulent conveyance under the Uniform Fraudulent Conveyances Act. It will also cover the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, and case procedures under Chapters 7, 13 and 11 of the Code.7

LGS 352 International Law & Human Rights (3) LAS
New Course
This course will examine the politics of international law. We will discuss the development, enforcement, and impact of international law on international relations. We will also discuss issue areas, focusing on human rights.

LGS 354 Constitutional Law (3) S
Crosslisted PSC 354. This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth study of the Constitution of the United States. Special attention will be given to the Bill of Rights and the freedoms and rights contained therein, such as the freedom of speech, due process, equal protection, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, etc.

LGS 355 Family Law (3)
Prerequisite(s): LGS 151
Students in this course have the opportunity to learn family law and the paralegal's role in the practice of family law. Attention is given to such topics as annulments, separation, dissolution of marriage, child custody, spousal support, parental rights, surrogate birth, family violence.

LGS 356 Intellectual Property (3)
Prerequisite(s): LGS 151
An introduction to Intellectual Property Law, addressing trademark law, copyright law, patent law, trade secrets, due diligence, and right of publicity.

LGS 373 Comparative Criminal Justice/Criminology (3) LAS
Prerequisite(s): CRM 103, additional 6 CRM hours at 200 level or Instructor/Advisor Approval
Crosslisted CRM 372. This course offers a comparative, cross-cultural perspective to the study of criminal justice systems and crime patterns worldwide.

LGS 380 Legal Aspects of Sport and Recreation (3)
New Course
Crosslisted SPM 380. Sport and recreation activities by their very nature have the potential for litigation. Familiarity with the law in these areas and the legal concepts behind the law will be discussed. Topics such as risk management, liability, crowd control, as well as tort, constitutional, and contract law will be stressed.

LGS 381 Internship Experience (3) EXP
The student works a minimum of 150 hours in a corporate legal department, law firm or other legal setting utilizing and refining skills learned in the classroom. Student must apply with the director of the Paralegal Studies program.

LGS 396 Co-Op:Parallel(PT) (1-3) EXP
Prerequisite(s): CED 220
A work related experience supervised by a faculty coordinator in collaboration with the cooperative education staff. Credit is awarded upon successful completion of the work experience, documentation of predetermined learning agreement and evaluation of work performance. Evaluation of work performed is on a pass/fail basis.

LGS 415 Law Office Practice Seminar (3)
Prerequisite(s): LGS 151 and LGS 152
This course is designed to prepare the paralegal student for practice in a law office environment. Students will be introduced to various types of computer software being used in today's law office. In addition, this course will address legal ethics, research, and writing.

LGS 450 Adv Legal Research (3)
Prerequisite(s): LGS 152
This course should expand the knowledge gained in Legal Research (LGS 152) with a focus on legal research, writing, analysis, evaluation, and drafting. The course goes beyond the use of research tools into developing actual research and drafting skills.

LGS 496 Co-Op:Alternatng(FT) (1-3) EXP
Prerequisite(s): CED 220
A work related experience supervised by a faculty coordinator in collaboration with the cooperative education staff. Credit is awarded upon successful completion of the work experience, documentation of predetermined learning agreement and evaluation of work performance. Evaluation of work performed is on a pass/fail basis.

PSC 201 American National Government (3) S
An introduction to the American political system, its structure and historical evolution. The role of political parties, the media and interest groups are considered.

PSC 201S Serv Lrng:Am Nat Gov (1) EXP
Concurrent requisite(s): PSC 201
Service Learning is an opportunity to engage in service to others while making academic connections to course material. This one credit hour course requires 30 hours of meaningful community service. Students will serve a community partner accomplishing projects relevant to the academic course to which the Service Learning credit is attached. Students will also be required to engage in different forms of reflection such as journaling, group guided reflection, and a one-on-one meeting with the course instructor. Students will develop a greater understanding of social problems, a sense of responsibility to our surrounding communities, and an increased awareness of their own faith and values.

PSC 335 International Politics (3) S
Prerequisite(s): SOC 103
Crosslisted SOC 335. This course studies the major political issues and events in the contemporary world. Their historical roots are traced, and their implications for the democratic peace and economic prosperity are analyzed. Particular attention is devoted to the role of the United States in the rapidly changing world.