See Course Descriptions for information on required courses.

Legal Studies Major
Legal Studies Minor - Liberal Arts
Legal Studies Minor - Paralegal Education
 

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Legal Studies
 

Faculty
Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo, Associate Professor of Legal Studies

Faculty assistance for specific courses from: Dr. George Wright, Professor of Political Science; Dr. Khalil Dokhanchi, Professor of Political Science (International Peace Studies); Dr. Gloria Toivola, Professor of Political Science (American Politics); Dr. Gary Keveles, Professor of Criminal Justice (Sociology); adjunct faculty in paralegal studies; and other interdisciplinary faculty with courses located in Category 5 of law-related courses.

Philosophy of the Curriculum
The Legal Studies program provides an undergraduate major in the liberal arts, the primary focus of which is the study of law in its relations to politics, society and history. As a liberal arts education, the Legal Studies program goes beyond what constitutes law and explores the mutual impacts of law and society. Moreover, the major encourages students to examine political influences, historical patterns, economic relations and the moral, philosophical and ethical foundations and implications of law. This major synthesizes the study of the substance and process of law.

The impact of law and legal processes upon the global and American citizenry has increased markedly in recent years. Contributing factors in the development of law include the growth and complexity of government, expanded ideas of individual and group rights, increased access by the public to knowledge and increased exposure to the domain of law. Law also is often used to structure expectations and demands in the workplace, the environment, as well as to define human, political, economic and social relations in general.

If citizens are to maintain and advance democratic forms of political participation, they require better understanding of the role of law, its goals, methods, successes and failures, and dominant as well as alternative forms of dispute resolution and legal action.

Graduates of the Legal Studies major will learn about the philosophical, ethical, political, sociological, historical and practical dimensions of law, particularly within the American model but also somewhat in the global domain. Students will explore the dominant and alternative paradigms to dispute resolution that exist, including the adversarial assumption, mediation and other forms of conflict resolution. They will also have exposure to substantive areas of law, such as contracts, real property, personal injury litigation, family law, and gain an understanding of legal procedures in civil or criminal contexts. This program offers coursework in law-related topics involving diversity issues, multicultural concerns and international contexts. It also explores the governmental and organizational structures within which law operates.
 

Legal Studies Major

A minimum of 39 credits is required, including all of the following courses:

LSTU 115 Introduction to Legal Studies 3 credits
LSTU 261 Contemporary Issues in Law and Society 3 credits
LSTU 230 U.S. National, State and Local Government 4 credits
LSTU 305/505 Methods of Legal Research and Basic Legal Writing, 3 credits
LSTU 368/668 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3 credits
LSTU 451/651 Constitutional Law II 3 credits
LSTU 485 Capstone Experience 3 credits
or
LSTU 499 Independent Research/Applied Skills Capstone Experience (independent academic research project with faculty [499-2])
or
participation in Mock Trial, International Moot Court, or Law Day [499-1]) with analysis paper of experience) 3 credits

For a total of 22 credits in required courses, together with one of the following legal procedure courses:

CJUS 210 Criminal Law and Procedure 3 credits
or
LSTU 220 Civil Procedure 3 credits

For a total of 25 credits, together with a minimum of two credits from the following areas of substantive law (students are encouraged to take more credits from this area of courses as electives):

CJUS 211 Criminal Law 3 credits
LSTU 221 Administrative Law 2 credits
LSTU 222 Probate, Wills and Estates 2 credits
LSTU 223 Family Law 2 credits
LSTU 224 Personal Injury Litigation 2 credits
LSTU 225 Real Property 2 credits
LSTU 227 Creditor's Remedies/Debtor's Rights 2 credits
LSTU 228 Contract Law 2 credits
LSTU 450 Constitutional Law I 3 credits

For a total of 27 credits, together with at least 12 credits in courses from FOUR of the following five groups:

Group 1: Global Law
LSTU 363/563 Comparative Law and Courts, 3 credits
LSTU 431/631 International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes 3 credits

Group 2: Legal Theory and Practice
LSTU 333/633 Legal Rhetoric and Argumentation 3 credits
LSTU 354/654 Jurisprudence 3 credits
LSTU 364/564 Legal History and Literature 3 credits

Group 3: Legal Process and Ordering
LSTU 303/503 Environmental Law, Legislation and Regulation 3 credits
LSTU 321/521 Judicial Process and Politics 3 credits
LSTU 302/502 Legislation and Legal Process 3 credits

Group 4: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
LSTU 365/565 Race, Class, Law and Politics 3 credits
LSTU 362/562 Women and Politics 3 credits
CJUS 312/512 Gender, Crime and Justice 3 credits
LSTU 473/673 Domestic Abuse, Diversity and Other Challenges of Mediation 2 credits

Group 5: Other Law-related Courses
CJUS 316/516 Crime, Corrections and Punishment 3 credits
CJUS 315/515 Courts and American Justice 3 credits
CJUS 463/663 The Juvenile Justice System 3 credits
COMM 332 Communication in Conflict 3 credits
BUS 411 Business Law II 3 credits
POLS 467 Administration 3 credits
LSTU 471/671 Family Law Facilitative Mediation 3 credits
LSTU 472/672 Civil Law Mediation 2 credits
LSTU 497/697 Special Seminars or Student Initiated Seminars 1-3 credits
 

Legal Studies Minor - Liberal Arts
(26 credits)

A minimum of 26 credits are required, including all of the following courses:

Required Courses:

LSTU 115 Introduction to Legal Studies 3 credits
LSTU 261 Contemporary Issues in Law and Society 3 credits
LSTU 450 Constitutional Law I 3 credits
LSTU 305/505 Methods of Legal Research and Basic Writing 3 credits
LSTU 368/668 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3 credits

For a total of 15 credits, together with a minimum of two credits from the following areas of substantive law (students are encouraged to take more credits from this area as electives):

LSTU 221 Administrative Law 2 credits
LSTU 222 Probate, Wills and Estates 2 credits
LSTU 223 Family Law 2 credits
LSTU 224 Personal Injury Litigation 2 credits
LSTU 225 Real Property 2 credits
LSTU 227 Creditor's Remedies/Debtor's Rights 2 credits
LSTU 228 Contract Law 2 credits

For a total of 17 credits, together with nine credits from at least three of the five groups of courses defined for the major:

Group 1-Global Law

Group 2-Legal Theory and Practice

Group 3-Legal Process and Ordering

Group 4-Multiculturalism, Diversity and Law

Group 5-Law Related Courses in Other Disciplines
 

Legal Studies Minor -
Paralegal Education

(New requirements for Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies for nondegree-seeking students)

A total of 25 semester credits is required for the paralegal certificate, including all of the following courses:

LSTU 115 Introduction to Legal Studies 3 credits
LSTU 261 Contemporary Issues in Law and Society 3 credits
LSTU 220 Civil Procedure 3 credits
LSTU 305 Methods of Legal Research and Basic Writing, 3 credits
LSTU 306 Methods of Legal Writing and Argumentation 2 credits
LSTU 485 Internship Capstone Experience 3 credits

For a total of 17 semester credits, together with a minimum of eight semester credits chosen from among any of the following courses:

CJUS 210 Criminal Law and Procedure 3 credits
LSTU 211 Criminal Law 3 credits
LSTU 221 Administrative Law 2 credits
LSTU 222 Probates, Wills and Estates 2 credits
LSTU 223 Family Law 2 credits
LSTU 224 Personal Injury Litigation 2 credits
LSTU 225 Real Property 2 credits
LSTU 227 Creditor's Remedies/Debtor's Rights 2 credits
LSTU 228 Contract Law 2 credits
LSTU 450/650 Constitutional Law I 3 credits
LSTU 451/651 Constitutional Law II 3 credits
LSTU 499 Individualized Research/Applied Skills Capstone Experience 3 credits

The above-specified requirements constitute a minor for Legal Studies/Paralegal Education for degree-seeking students and define the courses of the UW-Superior Paralegal Certificate for nondegree-seeking students. Degree-seeking students who fulfill these requirements can apply for a Paralegal Certificate. Legal Studies majors, however, cannot use the minor in Legal Studies Paralegal Education to meet their minor requirements. For these degree-seeking majors, obtaining the certificate requires completion of the substantive paralegal course requirements as elective credits in addition to completing another minor program of study.

Paralegal Certificate students should recognize that the more substantive and procedural law that they know, the more competitive and successful they will be in the employment market. Thus, 25 credits is the minimum required for a certificate, but students are encouraged to take more courses as their interests and curricular goals demand.

Upon completion of all requirements in the Paralegal Certificate Curriculum, the student must provide a letter requesting the certificate, together with a degree audit or transcript, to Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo, Legal Studies, Belknap & Catlin, PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880-4500.

See Course Descriptions for information on required courses.