The following is a list of courses both in the pre-law department and other departments that students can chose from to complete their pre-law studies. The courses are subject to change and may not all be offered in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Please refer to the pages describing the Secondary Major in Legal Studies, Minor in Legal Studies, and the Pre-Law Scholars program for the exact list of required classes for each of those programs. The course descriptions below contain a link to a past syllabus for each class. Please note, however, that the syllabus for each course will most likely change from semester to semester.
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ACCT 220 Financial Accounting
An introduction to financial reporting of results of operations, cash flow and financial position of corporate entitles through general-purpose financial statements. An emphasis is placed on the real world environment of business and the use of financial accounting information for management decision making.
CMM 305 Argumentation and Debate
Basic concepts and practical application of the role of argument in day to day communication. Students learn to identify, analyze, and criticize arguments, and will gain experience in creating, presenting, defending, and refuting arguments in oral and written form.
CMM 409 Theories of Persuasion
Focuses on contemporary persuasion theory and research. Covers a variety of perspectives on the subject, such as motivation theory, social judgment, social movement, and advertising campaigns. The approach helps demonstrate how theories of persuasion can help guide the practice of human communication.
CMM 442 Freedom of Expression
This course introduces students to issues of free expression and First Amendment law and their manifestation in the legal system, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court. Broadly put, the course analyze the history, political and philosophical arguments, legal cases, and controls associated with communicating freely.
ECON 190 Principles of Economics
Analysis of how individuals, firms, and nations make choices given limited resources; determinants of decision making in market economies; the political economy of income, employment, and inflation in the aggregate; the role of government and the Federal reserve.
EDL 101 J1 or J2
This course is preparation for student adjustments to university life. Students will determine their learning style, study skills, and university resources. Sections J1 and J2 are for the pre-law scholars and students and are taught by faculty at the Law School.
HIST 339 History of English Law
Introduction to fundamentals of English law-terminology, concepts, and historical development.
HIST 370 Constitutional and Legal History of the United States
This course examines the origins, drafting and ratification of the U.S. Constitution and its subsequent history as revealed in landmark Supreme Court decisions and in constitutional crisis from Nullification to Watergate. Attention will also be given to the growth of American law and the development of the legal profession.
MGT 218 Legal Environment of Business I
Introduction to the U.S. legal system and to specific areas of the law such as torts, contracts, the law of agency and business organizations. The course also covers American public law affecting businesses, including securities regulations, antitrust law, consumer protection, employment and environment law. Global and ethical issues are considered throughout.
MGT 428 Legal Environment of Business II
Advanced course for students (1) desiring to expand their knowledge of the legal and ethical environment of business and of issues in business law or (2) preparing to take the CPA examination. Topics covered include negotiable instruments, secured transactions, debtor-creditor relationships, property law, trusts and wills, business associations and other special topics such as accountants' liability and international legal problems. Prerequisite: MGT-218.
PHIL 343 Philosophy of Law
This course undertakes a critical survey of the major Western conceptions of the nature of law and examines the relationship between law and morality.
PHIL 404 Symbolic Logic (3)
This course develops a theory of valid reasoning. The logic (and semantics) of propositions, quantifiers, properties, relations and identity are covered. It also examines the concepts of consistency, logical truth, logical form, logical equivalence, validity, and related notions. The student should emerge more attuned to how deductive arguments work in actual use and able to evaluate them. Prerequisite: PHIL 105 and 205 or two mathematics course or some combination of these.
PHIL 406 Logic for the Pre-Professional (3)
This course is designed to provide pre-law (and pre-professional) students with a comprehensive treatment of logic, including prepositional logic, Aristotelian logic, predicate logic, and theory of definition.
PLS 100 Introduction to Law (2)
The purpose of this course is to provide students an introduction to the law and legal principles. The structure of the court system, civil litigation, and methods of alternative dispute resolution will be examined. Elements of the following areas of substantive law: torts, contracts, property, trusts and estates, corporations, family law, and criminal law and procedure will be examined.
PLS 105 Introduction to Legal Careers (1)
Students who are not able to take the pre-law section of U101 should consider this course. Students will explore the different areas of practice in law from Admiralty law to Trusts and Estates. Students will explore where these specialty areas lawyers work, who their clients are, the type of cases they handle, the daily activities this lawyer engages in, and what does the specialty lawyer find rewarding about their practice. Students will explore how people enter a particular specialty field, what skills sets are necessary for success, and what classes and law school experience do these specialty lawyers recommend.
PLS 200 Introduction to Legal Research & Writing (3)
This course haw two main objectives (1) to introduce legal research and (2) to introduce students to the fundamentals of legal reasoning and analysis. Students will be required complete a series of research and writing exercises and a final legal analysis paper.
PLS 210 Introduction to Legal Analysis (3)
This course is a much more in-depth exploration of the process of legal analysis. Students will engage in case briefing, statutory and regulatory analysis, and consideration of secondary sources. Several in-depth writing assignments are required.
PLS 220 Law: A Service Learning Experience (3)
In this course, students will engage in a service learning experience that will involve a teaching opportunity at a local inner city high school. Students will learn about public policy and how to use the law to achieve that policy.
PLS 250 The Anatomy of a Lawsuit (2)
Students will study the fundamental principles of a civil jury trial from its inception through the trial and post-trial phases by following one case. The course will teach basic civil practice procedure as well as the relationship between the judicial system, attorneys, and parties in a civil cause of action. Students will develop a basic understanding of trial advocacy and its place in the American system of justice.
PLS 300 Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)
In this course, students will study the nature of conflict and explore dispute resolution techniques that provide alternatives to litigation. The course will explore specific dispute resolution techniques including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and other forms of dispute resolution.
PLS 310 Introduction to Trial Advocacy (2)
This course teaches students how to prepare a legal case for a jury trial. Students learn the basic building blocks of a jury trial, the development of trial strategy, and the use of evidence at trial. The course focuses on advocacy techniques and the application of those techniques to the court setting. In conjunction with this course, students are required to simultaneously enroll in PLS 320 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy Lab) where students will use the techniques in a practical setting as members of the undergraduate mock trial teams.
PLS 340 Trial Practice Practicum Lab (0-2)
Students explore trial advocacy at an advanced level by participating in mock trial competitions sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association as both witnesses and attorneys. Students enrolling in this course must first complete PLS 310 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy) and PLS 320 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy Lab) or receive instructor permission.
PLS 350 Environmental Law (3)
This course will provide an overview of environmental environmental laws. The course will address the following environmental laws: National Environment Policy Act; the Clean Air Act; The Water Pollution Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and common law environmental remedies. Students will be taught the factual situations trigger the applications, requirements, and restrictions of the laws.
PLS 375 Issue in Law (3)
This is a rotating course that will address various areas of law. Possible courses include Sports Law and Race, Gender and Justice.
PLS 390 Introduction to Appellate Advocacy (3)
This course introduces students to the role of appellate courts in the American justice system. Students learn and apply the basic elements of appellate argument including brief writing and oral advocacy. Students use a case problem to explore written and oral advocacy techniques in the court of appeals. Students prepare and present an oral argument at the end of the semester based upon the case problem.
PLS 400 Capstone Course Pre-Law Students (3)
Comparative Legal Systems
Students will study various legal systems: religious, civil, common law, international. They will examine issues and compare and contrast different legal treatments of these issues. Students will be required to write a 15-20 page paper in the course. Pre-Law Scholars who are unable to take PLS 405 because they are studying abroad during the Fall of their junior year may petition the Pre-Law Director to be take this class in its place.