Legal Studies

Course Offerings

LS–125 Law in Society (3 credits)
Overview of major principles and functioning of our legal system. Introduces students to jurisprudential analysis and to the role of professionals within the justice system. Legal aspects of current topics discussed to assist students in acquiring an appreciation for the dynamic role law plays in our changing society.
LS–300 Legal Research (3 credits)
Examines the law library, surveys the various reference sources available to lawyers in determining applicable law, and studies the processes of legal research and writing of memoranda presenting results of that legal research. Includes numerous practice problems requiring legal research and memoranda writing, utilizing statues, case reports, encyclopedias, treatises, computerized legal research systems, and other legal research courses. Prerequisite: Legal Studies 125.
LS–301 Legal Drafting (3 credits)
Uses basic skills learned in Legal Studies 300, in which accent was on learning the law library and how to use the various finding tools in uncovering the law. Advanced legal research and writing deals primarily with what to do once one finds the law,the techniques of reading and analyzing case law, and the fundamentals of legal writing including the use of forms,memoranda and briefs. Prerequisite: Legal Studies 300.
LS–310 Real Estate (3 credits)
Covers basic laws relating to real property and common types of real estate transactions and conveyances. Studies various instruments such as deeds, contracts, leases and deeds of trust with emphasis on how these instruments are drafted. Study activities include research projects relating to the subject matter and practice in retrieving and recording information.Prerequisite: Legal Studies 125.
LS–320 Evidence, Litigation and Trial Practice (3 credits)
Includes analysis and discussion of common types of litigation,promises of litigation, sources of law, the court systems, attorneys, types of lawsuits, usual defenses.Examines Indiana civil procedures, discovery procedures,court procedures, trial, post-trial motion procedures,appeal, enforcement of judgment and various types of litigation. Particular attention given to the role of the paralegal in assisting the attorney in these matters. Prerequisite: Legal Studies 125.
LS–340 Federal Taxation (3 credits)
Studies current federal income tax law concepts of income and deductions for all entities. Prerequisite: Legal Studies 125. Same as Accounting 329.
LS–343 Criminal Law (3 credits)
Studies both substantive and procedural criminal law including specific topics in each. prerequisite: Legal Studies 125. Same as Criminal Justice 342.
LS–345 Constitutional Law: the American Constitution (3 credits)
Reviews judicial decisions and interpretations which have contributed to the growth and development of the United States Constitution in such areas as the federal system, intergovernmental relations, presidential powers, government functions and civil rights. Prerequisite: Legal Studies 125. Same as Political Science 345.
LS–350 Business Organization (3 credits)
Studies the legal organization of business entities. Emphasis on the role of the lawyer and the legal assistant in the formation of various business organizations. Includes a survey of the fundamental principles of law applicable to each type of business organization and preparation of the related documents. Prerequisite: Legal Studies 125.
LS–370 Family Law (3 credits)
Acquaints the legal studies student with the legal problems involved in the area of domestic relations. Covers the legal problems involved in separation, divorce, child custody, adoption and nonsupport.Students draft pleadings in domestic relations cases as well as study the law regarding the particular area in which they are working. Prerequisite: Legal Studies 125.
LS–380 Administrative Law (3 credits)
Overview of the functions and procedures of federal administrative agencies, including analysis of their underlying statutory authority as embodied in the Administrative Procedure Act and the subsequent case law development of this authority. Topics include the rule-making function, administrative adjudication and due process, judicial review of administrative action, use and control of discretion in the administrative process and disclosure of information by administrative agencies. prerequisite: Legal Studies 125.
LS–420 Women and Law (3 credits)
Introduces students to legal issues that have had a profound impact on the legal standing and rights of women. Examines the historical context that created the present legal status of women in the United States. Prequisite: Legal Studies 125 or permission of instructor.
LS–480 Special Topics in Law (3 credits)
Covers selected topics in more depth and explores current law-related issues. Prerequisite: Legal Studies 125 or permission of instructor.
LS–491 Internship I (3 credits)
The internship requirement for the legal studies program combines the student's academic training with practical experiences within a law firm, corporation, bank or governmental agency. Prequisite: Senior standing.
LS–492 Internship II (3 credits)
The internship requirement for the legal studies program combines the student's academic training with practical experiences within a law firm, corporation, bank or governmental agency. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
LS–497 Contemporary Legal Issues (3 credits)
Considers contemporary legal issues and their impact on our culture. Research and writing about those issues required. Prerequisite: Senior standing, completion of legal studies core requirements or permission of the instructor. Senior seminar course for legal studies majors.