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Legal Studies - Student Learning Outcomes

I.  Liberal Arts and Sciences:

  • Develop a broad knowledge base distributed among disciplines traditionally known as liberal arts and sciences.
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively and professionally communicate both orally and in writing.
  • Understand and explain the relationship of Legal Studies to the arts and sciences.

II. Foundational Legal Principles:

  • Understand and explain the structure and functions of the American legal system, including the interplay of constitutions, statutes, common law and administrative law.
  • Understand and explain the roles of judges, attorneys, mediators, legal assistants, and others who act within the legal system.
  • Understand and explain the jurisdictional requirements of federal and state courts.
  • Understand and articulate the role of common law in the American legal system, including the concepts of mandatory and persuasive authority.
  • Identify the ethical implications inherent in a particular situation, and evaluate the particular course of action to be taken in the face of countervailing pressures.
  • Understand the impact of existing and emerging technologies on the legal system.

III. Specialized Areas of Law:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Civil Litigation, and at least three of:
    • Negligence and Intentional Torts
    • Family Law
    • Real Property
    • Immigration Law and Border Control
    • Wills, Estates and Trusts
    • Environmental Law 
    • American Indian Law and Fed. Policy
    • Trial Courts and Rules of Evidence
  • Integrate substantive and procedural elements of laws, regulations, and rules relating to specialized areas of law such as (but not limited to) business activities, contracts, criminal law, family relationships, immigration, real estate, the environment and wills and estates.

IV. Application of Law to Real Life Scenarios

  • Evaluate the credibility, reliability or relevance of legal authority to determine whether and how it applies to the legal issues.
  • Create both objective and persuasive legal documents of varying complexity including client letters, memoranda of law, pleadings, and briefs while properly citing both print and electronic sources of law. 

Legal Studies
Rosemary Philips
Curriculum Coordinator