Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies

Curriculum

Today's job market requires graduates to be more than just experts in their fields.  They need to be able to apply and adapt a wide array of skills and experiences to fit the changing needs of the market.  To make sure our students have the knowledge and skills they need to compete in a competitive job market, our legal studies curriculum has four main components.

Major Courses: Focus and Depth

These courses provide an opportunity to understand the legal field in greater depth.  In short, these are the "nuts and bolts" courses you'll need to land a job in the area of legal studies.

General Education Core

As a career-oriented university with a strong tradition in the liberal arts, Post University is committed to providing you with a firm foundation in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. The general education core at Post University provides you with the ability to make connections across disciplines so you're better prepared to respond to a diverse and constantly changing global marketplace.

The ability to choose those courses that pique your interest is an important feature of the Post General Education Core.  Take a look below at the many options available to you.

Leadership Course

At Post, we are committed to preparing students to be successful in their careers and stand out among their peers. A critical element of this learning process is a leadership course that includes an interdisciplinary perspective on foundations underlying all organizations. These include management, leadership, domestic and international economics, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, marketing, e-commerce, information technology, human resource management, accounting, investments, money and personal finances. The skills learned are essential for success in any career, whether in a for-profit or non-profit business, or government organization. The ability to apply the principles learned in this course will help set Post University students apart as leaders in their fields.

Career and Self-Awareness Core

To be successful in life, people need to understand who they are and what they want to achieve.  Our career program offers seminar classes designed to help students enhance self-awareness, build confidence and develop a strong sense of direction.

This collection of short courses offered during your academic studies is intended to provide you with the experiences to become a self-aware, lifelong learner.  These courses include personal assessment tools with detailed diagnostic feedback including specific career information, computer simulations, self-study exercises as well as in-class discussion and discovery.  All of these activities are supported in the classroom and online through interactive exercises, using a new individualized, career-based resource program available only at Post University.


Internship and Cooperative Education Opportunities

At Post, students can take advantage of a robust internship program and co-op opportunities where they have opportunities to participate in real-life work situations related to their field of study before they graduate. 

Our program can give Post students a real edge over their competition. Not only do they get a chance to put their classroom learning to the test, but they also get opportunities to meet prospective employers, network with people in their field, test-drive their intended career, and build their resumes with concrete examples of how they've made the connection between theory and practice.


B.S. in Legal Studies Curriculum

 

General Education 60 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing

ENG110

College Writing - 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen.  This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.

3 crs
ENG120 College Writing II

ENG120

College Writing II - 3 Credits

College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communications

COM107

Introduction to Communication - 3 credits

This course presents the basics of human communication and provides an overview of the skills that are needed in the 21st century to become a competent communicator.   Students will recognize the important processes of communication such as speaking, listening, media literacy, computer- mediated communication, culture sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking. Ultimately students will develop and illustrate their public speaking skills by presenting three speeches while also incorporating multimedia tools.

3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing

CIS112

Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits

This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement. 

Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination.  No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.


    Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
3 crs
 
Liberal Arts 24 crs
History Elective 3 crs
Ethics Elective 3 crs
Social Science Elective 3 crs
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
 
Math 6 crs
MAT105 Quantitative Methods

MAT105

Quantitative Methods - 3 Credits

This course surveys topics in elementary algebra, personal finance, probability, and statistics. Topics include solving algebraic equations, solving ratio and proportion problems, applications involving percentage and interest, applying the definition of probability, measures of central tendency, descriptive statistics, frequency distributions, graphical representation of data, and applications of the normal distribution. Topics focus on real-life situations, decision making skills, and problem solving. Some working knowledge of elementary algebra is expected. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator strongly recommended.


3 crs
MAT220 Statistics I

MAT220

Statistics - 3 Credits

This course offers students an opportunity to experience statistics as it would occur in various settings. Topics are presented through real life case studies and include an overview of the fundamentals of statistics, collective and descriptive statistical techniques, data collection and sampling, the normal distribution and probability, hypothesis testing, population inferences, simple linear regression, and correlation. An understanding of basic algebra is required. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator and access to a spreadsheet program is recommended.

3 crs
 
Science 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
 
Open Electives 15 crs
  
Leadership Course 3 crs
LCS105 Elements of Organizations

LCS105

Elements of Organization - 3 Credits

Students need a basic understanding of how organizations work in order to manage their personal and professional lives. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the foundations underlying all organizations (businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations) specifically as they relate to the nature of: management and leadership, economics both domestically and internationally, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing/advertising, e-commerce, information technology, accounting, investments, money and personal finances.

3 crs
 
Major, Core and Concentrations 51 crs
Designated Writing Course 3 crs
LAW425 Legal Writing

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.


    Prerequisites: LAW203, 205
3 crs
 
Major Core 39 crs
LAW101 Introduction to Law

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.

3 crs
LAW105 Estate Admin. & Probate Practice

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.


    Prerequisite: LAW101; AC111 strongly recommended
3 crs
LAW201 Real Estate Law & Practice

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.


    Prerequisite: LAW101
3 crs
LAW203 Civil Litigation Practice

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.


    Prerequisite: LAW101
3 crs
LAW205 Legal Research

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.


    Prerequisite: LAW101
3 crs
LAW209 Family Law & Practice

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.


    Prerequisite: LAW101
3 crs
LAW301 Bankruptcy Law & Practice

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.


    Prerequisite: LAW101; LAW203 is recommended
3 crs
LAW306 E-Commerce: The Legal Context

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.

3 crs
LAW307 Business Organizations & Practice

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.


    Prerequisite: BUS204 is strongly recommended
3 crs
LAW310 Patent, Trademark & Copyright Law

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.

3 crs
LAW325 E-Government: The New Legal Environment of Business

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.


    Cross listed with BUS325
3 crs
LAW405 Environmental Law & Practice

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.


    Cross listed with ENV405 Prerequisite: BUS204 or ENV121
3 crs
LAW440 Legal Ethics

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.

3 crs
 
Directed Electives* (Selected under advisement) 9 crs
LAW460 Internship

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.

(Recommended)
3 crs
LAW300-400 Level 3 crs
LAW300-400 Level 3 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 6 crs
CSA101 College Success Seminar

CSA101

Exploring Self: Inside Out - 3 credits

This course will focus on self-discovery and interaction with others to provide learners with the foundation for examining and further developing their own personal effectiveness. An environment of trust will be built within the class to enable individual and collective openness, discovery, and engagement in personal learning. The course will use experiential learning, personal reflection, and group interaction as primary approaches. This is a hybrid course, with classroom interaction time blended with online learning and interaction through the Blackboard learning management system.

3 crs
CSA260 Professional Success Seminar

CSA260

Professional Success Seminar - 1 credits

This course will enable students to develop their own individualized plans for personal, academic, and career success. Students will engage in self-evaluation exercises and highly interactive classroom activities to evaluate their own “fit” for certain careers. Students will also participate in resume and cover letter writing activities to prepare for the experiential learning of the next course. Students will establish short-term career goals and begin a career portfolio to be refined during successive semesters.

1 cr
CSA400 Career Capstone

CSA400

Career Capstone - 2 credits

This course is the culmination of the career and self-awareness series, a comprehensive program for career and life planning. The course prepares students for a transition from university life to independent work life. Students will learn valuable financial and money management skills. Students will explore life balance issues, life roles, and self-concept as they relate to their future plans. Students will explore employment issues, such as the changing nature of work, diversity, trends, and job outlook. The course will require students to engage in networking and a job search with the goal of employment upon graduation. In addition, students who are seeking to enter graduate school will engage in the application process, including interviewing practice, and admissions essay writing.

Prerequisite: CSA260


    Prerequisite: CSA260
2 crs
 
Grand Total 120 crs

 

Universities regularly make changes to the curriculum in order to offer quality and relevant degrees.  Post University reserves the right to change the curriculum at any time.  Any changes to the curriculum will be published as soon as the changes have been approved.