Legal Studies Major
Legal Studies Minor (Liberal Arts)

Legal Studies Minor --Paralegal Education


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)

The Legal Studies program provides an undergraduate major in liberal arts grounded in the humanist tradition of law, the primary focus of which is the study of law in its relations to politics, society and history. 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.

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 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 36 credits is required, including all of the following courses:
LSTU 115        Law and Human Behavior (formerly 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        Methods of Legal Research and Basic Legal Writing,                            3 credits
LSTU 368        Alternative Dispute Resolution                                                               3 credits
LSTU 451        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, Mock Mediation, 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 nine credits in courses from THREE of the following FOUR groups:

Group 1: Legal Theory and Practice
LSTU 333        Legal Rhetoric and Argumentation         3 credits
LSTU 354        Jurisprudence                                       3 credits
LSTU 364        Legal History and Literature                  3 credits

Group 2: Legal Process and Ordering
LSTU 303        Environmental Law, Legislation and Regulation 3 credits
LSTU 321        Judicial Process and Politics                                          3 credits
LSTU 302        Legislation and Legal Process                                       3 credits

Group 3: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
LSTU 363        Comparative Law and Courts               3 credits
LSTU 365        Race, Class, Law and Politics               3 credits
CJUS 312        Gender, Crime and Justice                    3 credits

Group 4: Other Law-related Courses
CJUS 316        Crime, Corrections and Punishment                               3 credits
CJUS 315        Courts and American Justice                                         3 credits
CJUS 463        The Juvenile Justice System                                           3 credits
POLS 431       International Law: Human Rights and War Crimes         3 credits
COMM           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        Civil Law Mediation                                                     2 credits
LSTU 497        Special Seminars or Student Initiated Seminars              1-3 credits

For students planning to attend law school or graduate school, PHIL 214 Elementary Symbolic Logic, is highly recommended. (S04, S06--3 credits)

Legal Studies Minor
(Liberal Arts)

(23 credits)

A minimum of 23 credits are required, including all of the following courses:

Required Courses:
LSTU 115        Law and Human Behavior (formerly Introduction to Legal Studies)        3 credits
LSTU 261        Contemporary Issues in Law and Society                                              3 credits
LSTU 305        Methods of Legal Research and Basic Writing                                       3 credits
LSTU 368        Alternative Dispute Resolution                                                               3 credits
LSTU 450        Constitutional Law I                                                                              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 six credits with three credits each chosen from at least TWO of the FOUR groups of courses defined for the major:

Group 1-Legal Theory and Practice

Group 2-Legal Process and Ordering

Group 3-Multiculturalism, Diversity and Law

Group 4-Law Related Courses in Other Disciplines
 

Legal Studies Minor --
Paralegal Education

(Requirements for Certificate Program in Paralegal Studies for non-degree seeking students)

A total of 24 semester credits is required for the paralegal certificate, including all of the following courses:
LSTU 115        Law and Human Behavior (formerly 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 seven 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        Constitutional Law I                                                                  3 credits
LSTU 451        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 in fields other than Legal Studies and define the courses of the UW-Superior Paralegal Certificate for non-degree seeking students. Degree-seeking students who fulfill these requirements (either as Legal Studies students earning a certificate in addition to their regular coursework or as non-Legal Studies majors) 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. Some Legal Studies minors create their own individually designed minor in conflict resolution, substantive law and diversity. Students interested in pursuing individualized minors should contact their advisor no later than their sophomore or junior years to complete the petition process.

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.