LGST - Legal Studies

LGST 10 Introduction to Legal Process

Introduction to U.S. and comparative legal institutions and practices. Examines diverse areas of law from torts to civil rights to international human rights. Why is America portrayed as having an activist legal culture; why is law used to decide so many questions from presidential elections to auto accidents; can law resolve disputes that, historically, have led to war and violence; is the legal system fair and/or effective, and, if so, for whom and under what conditions?

Credits

5

Instructor

Jacqueline Gehring, Gary Patton

Quarter offered

Fall, Spring

LGST 100 Law and Politics of Memory

Examines why we choose to memorialize some aspects of our history, but not others. What impact do those choices have on our contemporary politics and society? How may memorials help create a stronger democracy?

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 100

Instructor

Jacqueline Gehring

General Education Code

CC

LGST 108 Gender, Sexuality, and Law

Analysis of legal issues related to gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation. Introduction to the key areas of gender and sexuality regulated by law and critical analysis of how law and policy should and do treat these issues.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment only.

LGST 109 Legal Theory

Offers systematic exploration of alternative conceptions of the nature of law, including positivism, natural law, formalism, realism, pragmatism, and theories of justice. Additional focus on the nature of law; relation of law and morality, rights and other legal concepts; and philosophical debates such as critical legal studies and critical race theory.

Credits

5

Instructor

Eric Snickars

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment only.

Quarter offered

Spring

LGST 111B Civil Liberties

Explores the status of American civil liberties as provided by the Bill of Rights. Particular attention will be given to issues of concern relating to the aftermath of 9/11, including issues relating to detainees, freedom of information requests, wiretapping authority, watch lists, profiling, and creation of a domestic intelligence agency.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 111B

Instructor

E. Snickars

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies and politics majors during first- and second-pass enrollment only.

Quarter offered

Winter

LGST 111C Issues in Constitutional Law

Examines variety of topics in constitutional law that are not covered in courses 111A and 111B. Focuses primarily on Supreme Court decisions and common-law debates.

Credits

5

Instructor

Ryan Coonerty

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

Quarter offered

Fall, Summer

LGST 113 Gay Rights and the Law

Examines relevant court cases as well as local, state, and federal laws that define boundaries for legal recognition of sexual orientation and personal sexuality. Explores legal assumptions behind current and historical cases defining personal sexuality and sexual orientation and considers the social and political impetus in each era that drove the courts and legislatures to make such decisions.

Credits

5

LGST 114 Jews, Anti-Semitism, and the American Legal System

Explores how Jews have influenced and been impacted by the American legal system. Students explore significant cases, debates, and trends in the law as it relates to Jewish identity, religious freedom, and conceptions of justice.

Credits

5

Instructor

R. Coonerty, J. Atkins

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies and Jewish studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

Quarter offered

Winter

LGST 115 Law and the Holocaust

Examines the Nazi philosophy of law, and how it was used to pervert Germany's legal system in order to discriminate against, ostracize, dehumanize, and ultimately eliminate certain classes of human beings, and the role of international law in rectifying the damage. Enrollment restricted to legal studies majors during priority enrollment only.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 116 Comparative Law

Explores how countries organize their societies through legal rules. Particular attention is given to constitutional design, differences between common and civil law systems, changes brought about by the European Union, and the convergence of legal norms globally.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 116

Instructor

Jacqueline Gehring

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies and politics majors during first and second pass enrollment.

General Education Code

CC

Quarter offered

Winter, Summer

LGST 117 Sports, Law, and Politics

Investigates the relationship between sports, law, and politics, focusing on racism, colonialism, post-colonialism, and globalization.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jacqueline Gehring

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 118 Law and Literature

Explores variety of texts including novels, short stories, and essays as a source for reflection about the nature of law and legal practice. Readings include such writers as Herman Melville, Harper Lee, Richard Wright, Arthur Miller, Nadine Gordimer, and James Alan McPherson, among others. (Formerly course 138.)

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 121

Credits

LGST 125 History of the U.S. Penal Culture

Explores the history and theory of U.S. state punishment from its 17th-century beginnings to the present and notes evolving models of criminal deviance, focusing on how punishment systems legitimate particular models of criminal deviance, crime, and its correction.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 130 Inequality and Law

Explores the complex relationship between race and the law in American society. Included subjects are critical race theory, civil rights and voting rights law, issues of the criminal justice system, intersections with issues of class and gender, and the social construction of race through law and legal decisions. (Formerly Race and the Law.)

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

Quarter offered

Winter

LGST 131 Wildlife, Wilderness, and the Law

Introduction to wildlife, wilderness, and natural resources law, policy, and management. Examines rules governing resource allocation and use including discussion of fundamental legal concepts. Explores laws and management policies affecting wildlife and wilderness, including their origins and impacts. Examines how conflicts over natural resources are being negotiated today.

Credits

5

Instructor

Ruth Langridge

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 133 Law of Democracy

Explores the role of law in both enabling and constraining the actions of elected politicians in the U.S. Among issues examined are voting rights, redistricting, and campaign finance. Course asks how the law shapes and limits our ability to choose our elected leaders, and in turn, how the law is shaped by political forces.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 133

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 135 Native Peoples Law

Explores the legal relationship between native peoples and the state. Examines the development of that relationship and several of the key legal issues currently confronting native peoples as they attempt to redress the injustices of the past.

Credits

5

Instructor

Peter Crook

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

Quarter offered

Spring

LGST 136 Federal Indian Law and International Comparative Indigenous Peoples' Law

Indian law refers to the body of law dealing with the status of Indian tribes, their inherent powers of self-government, their special relationship to the federal government, and the actual or potential conflicts of governmental power. Primary objective will be to address tribal reassertion of aboriginal sovereignty over culture and land in the context of increasing world recognition of indigenous rights.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 137 International Environmental Law and Policy

International environmental law (IEL) endeavors to control pollution and depletion of natural resources within a framework of sustainable development and is formally a branch of public international law—a body of law created by nation states for nation states, to govern problems between nation states. Examines landmark developments of IEL since 1972 within a historical continuum to better understand their strengths and weaknesses.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 139 War Crimes

Explores complex international human rights/humanitarian law issues surrounding genocide and other mass violence, beginning with the Nuremberg trials following World War II up to recent atrocities in Rwanda, Bosnia, and elsewhere. Covers basic legal framework of human rights law, examines specific situations on a case by case basis, and discusses what options the international community, the nations themselves, and individuals have in the wake of such catastrophes.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 150 Children and the Law

Explores the legal rights of children. Topics may include juvenile justice, gang offenses, free speech and Internet censorship, religious rights, child custody and support, adoption, foster care, abuse and sexual harassment, special needs, public benefits, and medical care.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 152 Courts and Litigation

A study of the role of courts in society and the uses of litigation to address and deflect social problems. Focus is on recent developments in American litigation, but comparative materials may be considered.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 153 Immigration, Citizenship, and Law

Explores U.S. laws and policies regarding immigration and citizenship from historical and contemporary perspectives. Includes studying landmark court cases, key statues and regulations governing immigration and citizenship, and scholarly treatments in order to critically examine historical developments and contemporary debates.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

Quarter offered

Spring

LGST 154 The Legal Profession

Lawyers stand between the legal system and those who are affected by it. Examines this relationship descriptively and normatively, and from the point of view of sociological theory. Concentrates on the U.S. profession, with some comparative material.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 155 Topics in American Legal History: Making of American Constitutionalism

Explores some aspects of early American constitutional thought, particularly immediately preceding the American Revolution situating early colonial constitutional thought within some of the larger themes and controversies of the 17th-century English constitutionalism, then considering some aspects of American constitutional thought in the founding period against the background of the colonial experience. Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor: selection based on the ability to do very advanced work. Enrollment restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

Credits

5

LGST 156 Administrative Law and Challenges of Regulation

The rise of the regulatory state brings with it a host of questions regarding the exercise of state power and separation of powers. Takes up some of these questions; in particular, questions about administrative agencies and their relationship to the judiciary, the legislature and private individuals and groups. (Formerly Administrative Jurisprudence.)

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 157 Political Jurisprudence

Explores some themes in legal and political theory, especially on the relationship of theories of justice, law, and ethics.

Credits

5

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

LGST 159 Property and the Law

Begins with an examination of the concept of property, then covers how different cultures characterize property and determine ownership and the laws and policies that define property in modern society. Topics include theories of property law, common property, property and natural resources, zoning, regulatory takings, and intellectual and cultural property

Credits

5

Instructor

G. Patton

Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to legal studies majors during first and second pass enrollment.

Quarter offered

Spring

LGST 173 Disability, Law, & Politics

Introduction to how individuals, societies, and states answer fundamental questions about disability, including what is or is not a disability, what causes disability, and what the proper responses to the existence of disabilities are.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

POLI 173

General Education Code

PE-H

Quarter offered

Fall

LGST 185 Legal Studies Internship/Field Seminar: Experiences in Law, Policy, and Society

A practicum seminar for students seeking field experience in law- and policy-making settings. Designed to be combined with an internship; provides structured class meetings and work, including weekly field notes and a final paper.

Credits

5

Instructor

Ryan Coonerty

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): LGST 10. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

General Education Code

PR-S

Quarter offered

Winter, Summer

LGST 188A Introduction to the Legal Profession and Legal Aid Work

Offers a basic introduction to key aspects of the Legal Profession, generally, as well as an introduction to the specific area of the profession known as Legal Aid -- the system and services through which under-served communities gain access to legal services. Course covers key elements of the legal profession and legal aid work, offering practical information and training on topics such as professional responsibility, ethics, confidentiality, interviewing skills, record keeping, communication, and working with diverse clients. It is particularly designed as a preparation or companion course for law-related internships and field student through courses such as OAKS/LGST 188B (3 credits), OAKS 199 (OAKS 199), or LGST 185 Internship (5 credits). Enrollment by permission of the instructor.

Credits

2

Cross Listed Courses

OAKS 188A

Quarter offered

Fall

LGST 193 Field Study

Field research performed off-campus, under the supervision of a member of the legal studies faculty.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

LGST 194 Group Tutorial

Provides a means for a small group of students to study a particular topic in consultation with a faculty sponsor. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

LGST 195A Senior Thesis

Preparation of a senior thesis over one, two, or three quarters, beginning in any quarter. When taken as a multiple-term course extending over two or three quarters, the grade and evaluation submitted for the final quarter apply to each of the previous quarters. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

LGST 195B Senior Thesis

Preparation of a senior thesis over one, two, or three quarters, beginning in any quarter. When taken as a multiple-term course extending over two or three quarters, the grade and evaluation submitted for the final quarter apply to each of the previous quarters. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

LGST 195C Senior Thesis

Preparation of a senior thesis over one, two, or three quarters, beginning in any quarter. When taken as a multiple-term course extending over two or three quarters, the grade and evaluation submitted for the final quarter apply to each of the previous quarters. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

LGST 196 Senior Capstone

Examines related legal topics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Each focuses broadly on the relationship between law as a distinct system and law as an attempt to achieve justice, which requires that law remain open to claims of political morality generally. To what extent are legal norms internal to a separate system called law and to what extent are claims of political right in general relevant to question of what law is?

Credits

5

Instructor

J. Gehring, K. Beaumont, G. Patton, J. Morse

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior legal studies majors.

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

LGST 198 Independent Field Study

Individual studies undertaken off-campus for which faculty supervision is not in person, but by correspondence. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

LGST 198F Independent Field Study

Individual studies undertaken off-campus for which faculty supervision is not in person, but by correspondence. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

LGST 199 Tutorial

A student normally approaches a faculty member and proposes a course 199 on a subject he or she has chosen. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

LGST 199F Tutorial

A student normally approaches a faculty member and proposes a course 199 on a subject he or she has chosen. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

2

Instructor

The Staff

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring