• Department of Humanities &
    Catholic Social Thought


  • Legal Studies Classes


    LST 101

    LAW AND CULTURE will study law as a social phenomenon and human reality affecting and contributing to the definition, organization and regulation of all cultures. The course will examine concepts and definitions of law and its limits, with attention to how law affects the creation and realization of legal relationships and power structures, rights and duties, order, security, and liberty. It will also consider how law affects and is affected by other aspects of culture, including religion, morals, politics, philosophy and the arts.
    3 credit hours


    LST 102

    LEGAL RESEARCH, WRITING, AND ETHICS introduces students to both print and online legal sources; use of the law library; and legal writing style, legal citation method, and the drafting of legal documents (such as briefs, motions, wills, and real property documents). Researching of case, statutory, regulatory, and administrative law materials are included. Legal ethics, as it pertains to lawyers and other legal professionals, will also be addressed in this course.
    3 credit hours


    LST 201

    SURVEY OF AMERICAN LAW I examines the basic principles, history, and leading case precedents in the fields of contracts, torts, and criminal law. American law in these fields is also considered in light of human life issues and Catholic social and moral teaching. Attention is also given to the nature of the legal process, the elements of a legal case and the structure and functions of American courts, and alternative dispute resolution. (Social Science Core)
    3 credit hours


    LST 202

    SURVEY OF AMERICAN LAW II examines the basic principles, history, and leading case precedents in the fields of property, constitutional law, and family law. American law in these fields is also considered in light of human life issues and Catholic social and moral teaching. Attention is also given to the nature of the legal process, the elements of a legal case, the structure and functions of American courts, and alternative dispute resolution. (Social Science Core)
    3 credit hours


    LST 301

    NATURAL LAW studies the notion of natural law and its relationship to human law and the political order. It examines the natural law tradition from its classical expressions to the great Catholic tradition of natural law to its substantial influence on the Anglo-American common law to its role in influencing the American Revolution and constitutional tradition. The contrast between the classical/Christian tradition of natural law and its modern expression is discussed. The course also considers how modern legal thinking has diverged from the natural law tradition, and how the clash between natural law and positivistic conceptions of law and morality is vividly seen in many current public issues and legal questions.
    While not a prerequisite, it is recommended that students take POL 101 before enrolling in this course.
    Cross-listed with POL 301
    3 credit hours


    LST 303

    HISTORY OF LAW is a broad survey of the ideas and systems of law, including the development of Roman law as the basis of many of the law codes of modern Europe and a survey of the development of the common law of England, which is the basis of much of American law and the law of several other countries with English roots. The course will also consider a historical and philosophical comparison between the development of these two systems.
    3 credit hours


    LST 404

    LAW AND ECONOMICS applies the methods of economics to the analysis of the structure of the common law, legal process, legal institutions, and statutory regulations and considers the impact of law on the behavior of individuals, groups, and the economy. Topics include the nature of economic reasoning and the economic approach to law; property rights in economics and law; torts and tort liability; legal processes; crime and punishment; and variable topics subject to instructor and student interest.
    Cross-listed with ECO 404
    3 credit hours


    LST 407

    INTERNSHIP will give students the opportunity to work under the direction of a lawyer, judge, or lawmaker by doing research, assisting in the preparation of legal documents, and taking part in other law-related work. Students will also experience the routine activity of lawyers and assist in the operation of a law office, or that of other law-related practitioners or an organization dedicated to human life issues.
    Prerequisites: Completion of LST 102, 201, and 202
    1-6 credit hours

    LST 408

    SELECTED THEMES IN LEGAL STUDIES treats in-depth an area of the law, legal issues, a law-related topic, legal thinker, or school of jurisprudential thought which sometimes will be done in relation to human life issues. This course may be repeated for credit if the topic is different from when previously taken.
    3 credit hours


    LST 411

    AMERICAN LEGAL HISTORY follows the history of law and legal institutions in America from the colonial period to the present. Major developments of the colonial and founding eras, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the New Deal, Second World War, civil rights era, and post-9/11 will be highlighted. Particular notice will be given to the interaction of history and law, especially the effect of the imperative of continuity of law in the development of general legal principles out of specific cases and contexts and their re-application in other contexts.
    3 credit hours


    LST 412

    AMERICAN LEGAL THOUGHT examines the key writings of legal thinkers, theorists, philosophers, and jurists whose ideas have shaped American concepts of law from the founding generation to the present. Writers may include Montesquieu, Locke, the Founding Fathers, Marshall, Story, Lincoln, Thoreau, Holmes, Cardozo, Llewellyn, King, Bickel, Ely, and others as well as influential court opinions. Particularly close attention will be paid to the intellectual heritage of the Constitution of the United States and to the applicability of natural law to American constitutional jurisprudence.
    3 credit hours


    LST 413

    ROMAN LAW The legal system of Rome, emerging with the birth of the republican city-state and developing along with the history of the Roman polity to become in due course the law of an empire which embraced nearly the whole civilized world, is a human construct of unparalleled importance in its principles, substance, and wide-ranging and multi-faceted influence. Roman law is a general introductory course which examines from historical, philosophical, jurisprudential, and comparative perspectives the animating principles, sources, institutions, substance, and procedure of the Roman legal system, drawing both from original material, namely the Justinian Codex, Institutes and Digests, and from standard secondary sources. This course will be of interest to legal studies, classics, and history majors, as well as anyone interested in learning more about this monumental achievement of our mother civilization.
    3 credit hours


    LST 414

    SURVEY OF CANON LAW surveys the official body of Catholic Church law. The course briefly addresses the history of canon law, tracing its developments from biblical and apostolic times to the present. Particular emphasis will be given to the principles of the Roman law system adopted by the Church in her canon law. A brief comparison of common law and canon law will help the student to better understand the canonical science. The majority of the course will focus on the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the 1990 Code of Canons for the Oriental Churches. The 1983 Code will be outlined and major topics explained. A comparison of the two codes will be made, with some emphasis on the distinctive parts found in each.
    3 credit hours


    LST 415

    INTERNATIONAL LAW I: HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS surveys the current state of international law and its philosophical and historical background. Catholic principles on the law of nations are also considered. The main international organizations and alliances, such as the United Nations and its arms, the European Union, the Organization of American States, and NATO are also examined.
    3 credit hours


    LST 416

    INTERNATIONAL LAW II: ISSUES AND PRACTICE engages current and emerging issues of international law in human rights, trade and development, security and cooperation. It will examine the role of legal practitioners, national and international courts and arbitrators, NGOs, treaty-making processes, and national and international legislative and regulatory bodies in the formation and definition of international norms.
    3 credit hours


    LST 435

    COORDINATING SEMINAR includes class discussion and a formal presentation to the seminar group of an extensively researched and approved paper or project of jurisprudential interest having broad cultural significance.
    Prerequisite: Senior status or permission of Director of LST
    1 credit hour

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