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Associate of Science in Legal Studies
Degree Program

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 6 crs
100 or 200 Level Social Sciences Elective 3 crs
100 or 200 Level Social Sciences Elective 3 crs
 
Math 3 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.

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MAT120 College Algebra

MAT120

College Algebra - 3 Credits

This course provides a deeper understanding of the concepts of algebra including function applications, inequalities in two variables, matrix operations, linear programming, quadratic and polynomial applications, and solving rational and radical equations. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two years of High School Algebra or the equivalent.

3 crs
 
Science 3 crs
Elective 3 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 27-30 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
LAW204 Business Law I
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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.

3 crs
LAW206 Business Law II
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3 crs
LAW460 Legal Studies 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.


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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.

AND 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 - 6 crs
200 Level or Higher Elective* 3 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 3 crs
CSS101 College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan

CSS101

College Success Seminar: Learning Across the Lifespan - 3 credits

This course provides theoretical bases and practical strategies for lifelong learning. Students will become aware of university resources, as well as the policies and procedures critical to success at Post. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, study skills, analytical reading, effective writing, reasoning, problem-solving, time management and strategies for college success necessary to support learning in a university environment. Students will analyze their own learning abilities and styles and develop effective practices for learning throughout their lifetime. Students will explore their motivations and the external determinants that affect their educational, personal, and career success. Students will learn the role of active learning in a successful life.

3 crs
 
Grand Total 60-63 crs


*18-credits of the courses in the major in any A.S. degree MUST be at 200-level or higher and Courses above 200-level can only be ELECTIVES


The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.