Course Descriptions

Legal Studies Course Descriptions

LAW101

Introduction to Law - 3 Credits

Students are introduced to the system of legal thought and practice. The course examines legal methods and terminology while providing an orientation to state and federal laws and court systems. Internet resources and instructional technology are part of all topics, including a survey of subject specific areas in the law.



LAW105

Estate Administration and Probate Practice - 3 Credits

Students learn the role that wills, trusts and powers of attorney play in the management of personal assets.

Further, students become thoroughly familiar with the procedures employed to open, manage, and close Decedents' Estates, Conservatorship, Guardianships, Small Estates, and Refusal of Letters.

Prerequisite: LAW101; ACC111 strongly recommended.



LAW201

Real Estate Law and Practice - 3 Credits

Students learn how to handle a real estate transaction from the drafting of the sales contract to the closing. Subjects covered include Notes, Mortgages and Deeds of Trust, Titles and Title Insurance, Recording Liens, Encumbrances, Foreclosures, and Easements.

Prerequisite: LAW101.



LAW203

Civil Litigation Practice - 3 Credits

Students are introduced to all aspects of a civil lawsuit, including Jurisdiction, Rules of Procedure, Pleadings, Motions, Discovery, Trial Procedures, and the Appellate Process.

Prerequisite: LAW101.



LAW205

Legal Research - 3 Credits

Students become familiar with legal resource materials and how they are researched. Publications discussed include those that report Constitutional Law, Statutory Law, Case Law, Administrative Regulations, and Municipal Law.

Further, students are introduced to the American Digest System, Shepard's and Computer-Assisted Legal Research.

Research assignments introduce students to the legal research process.

Prerequisite: LAW101.



LAW209

Family Law and Practice - 3 Credits

Students become familiar with such family law matters as annulment, legal separation, marriage and dissolution of marriage. Further, students are introduced to the general litigation process that resolves disputes, including post-judgment matters. Other family matters such as adoption, guardianship, domestic violence, actions for custody, and rights to property and support are covered.

Prerequisite: LAW101.



LAW298

Legal Studies Internship - 3 Credits

Students learn how to apply knowledge gained from course work to the practical work of a law office. Students are required to meet 15 hours per semester in seminar meetings and to work in a law office setting, which could include law firms, corporate law departments, or government agencies, for at least 90 hours.

Prerequisites: LAW105, LAW201, LAW203, LAW205.



LAW301

Bankruptcy Law & Practice - 3 Credits

Students become familiar with the Bankruptcy Code, as amended; the general functions of the Bankruptcy Court; and the power of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut. Students are introduced to Chapter 7, Chapter 11, and Chapter 13 proceedings and rules.

Prerequisite: LAW101; LAW203 is recommended.



LAW303

Constitutional Law - 3 Credits

This course is an in-depth study of the history, development, and application of U.S. Constitutional Law as seen from the perspective of political science and legal studies.

Cross listed with PSC303. Prerequisite: LAW101 and PSC101.



LAW306

E-Commerce: The Legal Context - 3 Credits

This is a trailblazing course on e-commerce and the legal issues this activity has created. Among the topics covered are an overview of e-commerce; jurisdiction; copyrights; trademarks; privacy; obscenity; defamation; online contracts; and Internet taxation.



LAW307

Business Organizations and Practice - 3 Credits

Students are introduced to the substantive law of business entities including sole proprietorships, general and limited partnerships, and corporations. Subjects covered include the application of substantive law to incorporation procedure, partnership agreements, general corporation maintenance, corporate capitalization, financing and corporate changes such as mergers, amendments, dissolutions.

Prerequisite: BUS204 is strongly recommended.



LAW310

Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law - 3 Credits

This is an introductory course on the law of Intellectual Property. Among the topics covered are freedom of speech on the Web, ISP responsibilities, infringement, trademark issues on the Web, privacy and the Internet, copyright piracy and international trade issues, and new developments in trade secret law.



LAW315

Fraud Prevention and Examination3 credits

This course covers the principles and methodology of fraud prevention, detection, deterrence and investigation. The course includes such topics as skimming, cash larceny, check tampering, register disbursement schemes, billing schemes, payroll and expense reimbursement schemes, non-cash misappropriations, corruption, financial management fraud, and interviewing witnesses.

Prerequisite: ACC111



LAW325

E-Government: The New Legal Environment of Business - 3 Credits

This is a web-supported course that examines the developing concept of e-government. Students become familiar with the methods used by state and federal government to regulate business by means of government websites. Assessment is based on a student generated portfolio.

Cross listed with BUS325.



LAW334

Alternate Dispute Resolution - 3 credits

Students will be introduced to types of dispute resolution processes that do not involve adjudication. These processes are referred collectively as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). ADR is used in public and private sectors as well as court sponsored programs. Students will gain an understanding of ADR, through an overview of conflict and dispute resolution. The theories, methods, and terminology of ADR will be introduced with emphasis on negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.



LAW398

Legal Studies Internship - 3 Credits

This elective course is a continuation of LAW298. Students continue to learn how to apply knowledge gained from course work to the work of a law office. Students are required to meet 15 hours per semester in seminar meetings and to work in a law office setting, which could include law firms, corporate law departments, or government agencies, for at least 90 hours.

Prerequisites: LAW105, LAW201, LAW203, LAW205.



LAW405

Environmental Law and Practice - 3 Credits

Students learn the relevant federal and state environmental laws together with their practical application to corporate and real estate transactions. Specific areas of study include environmental due diligence. This course covers the specific area in which individuals and business entities encounter environmental law.

Cross listed with ENV405. Prerequisite: BUS204 or ENV121.



LAW410

Equine Law - 3 Credits

This course covers the major issues of Equine Law including, but not limited to, ownership and transfer of horses and interest in horses; duties and rights of co-owners, trainers, agents, boarders, partners, and syndicate managers; racing and licensing; treatment of horses; court procedures; and issues involving insurance, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and torts.

Cross listed with EQU410.

Prerequisite: LAW101, LAW205



LAW415

Personal Injury Law - 3 Credits

Students become familiar with Personal Injury Law, which is based on tort law concepts.  Among the topics to be discussed are tort law, legal analysis, negligence, intentional torts, strict liability, and product liability.



LAW425

Legal Writing - 3 Credits

Students learn the techniques of legal writing. Specific writing assignments include the case brief, motions, pleadings, discovery documents and written instruments. The course culminates in a Memorandum of Law and therefore attention is given to advanced legal research.

Prerequisites: LAW203, 205.



LAW430

Medical Malpractice Law - 3 Credits

Students become familiar with Medical Malpractice Law, which is based on tort law concepts.  The topics to be discussed include tort law, risk management, investigation of claims, litigation and the medical malpractice trial.



LAW440

Legal Ethics - 3 Credits

This course is a comprehensive in-depth, hands-on study of the specific and particular ethical issues faced by the legal professional as guided by the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. It is designed for both the business professional who may interact with legal professionals and for the prospective legal professional, with emphasis on the practice requirements which guide the latter. The objective is to provide a foundation and a guide for dealing with ethical dilemmas in the practice of law.



LAW460

Legal Studies Internship - 3 Credits

Students learn how to apply knowledge gained from course work to the practical work of a law office. Students are required to meet 15 hours per semester in seminar meetings and to work in a law office setting, which could include law firms, corporate law departments, or government agencies, for 120 hours.

Prerequisites: LAW105, LAW201, LAW203, LAW205.

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LAW461

Legal Studies Internship - 3 Credits

This elective course is a continuation of LAW298. Students continue to learn how to apply knowledge gained from course work to the work of a law office. Students are required to meet 15 hours per semester in seminar meetings and to work in a law office setting, which could include law firms, corporate law departments, or government agencies, for 120 hours.

Prerequisites: LAW105, LAW201, LAW203, LAW205.

You must speak with your academic advisor as well as the Career Services Office before registering.
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