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Legal Studies On Ground Weekdays

Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies or Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies 

Bay Path’s Legal Studies programs prepare graduates for careers in law by providing a strong undergraduate education emphasizing communication, leadership, technology, and ethics.

By challenging students to a rigorous curriculum of theory and practical application, the legal programs prepare them for law or graduate school as well as for professional opportunities in a wide variety of legal settings including:

  • Law firms
  • Legal service agencies
  • Courts
  • Corporations
  • Financial institutions
  • City, state, and federal government agencies and offices

Learning by Discussion With the Harkness Table

You won’t find desks lined in neat rows to face the front of Room 209 in the newly renovated Carr Hall. What you will find is the Harkness Table: a specially-designed large, oval table surrounded by 16 chairs and named after philanthropist Edward Harkness. For John Woodruff, assistant professor of law, the Harkness table melds with his philosophy of discussion-based teaching.

The table has a physical presence that encourages students to become their own and each others’ teachers,” states Professor Woodruff.

In Room 209 students find their voice by developing viewpoints and legal arguments—important first steps in understanding and preparing for the legal profession.

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

GOV100 American Government 3

This course provides an understanding of the function of the American national government. The development of the Constitution and the American political system are considered in the light of contemporary economic, social, and technological conditions.

LAW103 Intro to American Legal System 3

This course introduces students to basic legal concepts, the structure of the American state and federal court systems, basic legal theory and practice, and provides an overview of several areas of law. This course is required for all legal studies majors, minors, and certificate students; it is a prerequisite for all other legal courses

LAW220 Business Law 3

This course studies the legal environment of business, including an examination of the format and characteristics of corporations, partnerships, and agency law. The law of contracts is studied in detail. Prerequisite: LAW 103

LAW232 Principles of Litigation 3

This course introduces students to the principles and process of civil litigation from pre-suit investigation through trial. Students will gain insight into the litigation process from lecture and class discussion, reading assignments, examination of actual-case documentation, and the drafting of pleadings and motions and other documents. Prerequisite: LAW 103 Offered in the spring semester

LAW240 Legal Research/Writing 3

This course surveys published sources and materials of the law. Students are trained in the research and analysis of legal problems and in the practical applications of legal writing. This course includes drafting correspondence, case briefs, and legal memoranda. Prerequisites: LAW 103 Offered in the fall semester

LAW241 Computer Assisted Legal Resear 3

This course provides an opportunity for hands-on experience in legal research and fact investigation. Topics covered include citation and searching methods, types of resources, Web site evaluation, and a comparison of print and electronic research tools. Students will perform tasks similar to those expected of them in a legal setting. Print, electronic, and Web-based resources from information providers such as WESTLAW and LEXIS-NEXIS are included. (Lab fee) Prerequisite: LAW 240 or permission of Department Chair

LAW246 Tort Law 3

This introductory course covers basic tort law, including assault, battery, trespass, conversion, infliction of emotional distress, products liability, and negligence. Classroom work will be reinforced by assignments in which students research and brief a variety of tort cases. Prerequisites: LAW 232 and LAW 240 Offered in the fall semester

LAW248 Princ of Criminal Procedure 3

Principles of Criminal Procedure This course provides an overview of criminal procedure with special focus on the respective rights and duties of the defense and prosecution. It covers the development and present state of the law as it applies to arrest, search and seizure, statements by the accused and others, the right to counsel, trial proceedings and issues, sentencing, punishment, and appeal. The course is designed to give students an understanding of the history and development of the constitutional dynamics of a criminal case and the current state of the law from the perspective of legal practitioners. Students will use a text supplemented with outside readings that include criminal case law, law-review articles, court pleadings, and fiction. Instructional materials also include videotapes, such as 'The Thin Blue Line.' Students will be required to brief cases and write short papers. Prerequisite: LAW 103, Sophomore status or permission of the Department Chair

LAW330 Advanced Litigation 3

Building on the information learned in Principles of Litigation, students will explore topics raised there in greater detail, focusing on the key to the process of civil litigationthe gathering of potential evidence and the presentation at trial of admissible evidence. Students will also concentrate on processes likely to be encountered in a litigation practice, such as discovery and dispositive motions. Prerequisites: LAW 232 and three legal specialty electives Offered in the fall semester

LAW371 Evidence 3

This course examines the rules of evidence in both civil and criminal proceedings, focusing on the gathering of potential evidence and the presentation to a judicial tribunal of admissible evidence. Topics include relevancy, competency, impeachment, real and demonstrative evidence, best evidence (original writing), judicial notice, expert testimony, character evidence, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, privileged communications, admissions and confessions, and civil rights. Using federal and state rules of evidence, students will analyze and evaluate possible pieces of evidence and argue orally and in writing through dispositive motions, for inclusion or exclusion at trial. Prerequisite: LAW 103, LAW 248, Junior status or higher or permission of the Department Chair

LAW405 Constitutional Law 3

Students are introduced to Constitutional Law through study of actual Supreme Court cases from Marbury v. Madison to the most recent decisions of the court. Through case briefing and class discussion, the cases are put in an historical perspective with emphasis on pertinent court doctrines. Students will prepare memoranda, complaints, and other legal documents appropriate for constitutional claims. Topics covered include judicial review, separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, procedural and substantive due process and privacy. This course is taught in conjunction with Advance Legal Research and Writing, LAW 415, as part of the Senior Experience for Legal Studies Majors. It is expected that student work in this course will reflect an understanding and application of research methodology and practical legal writing skills and that discussions of student work in this course will be informed by discussions in that and other course work. LAW 405 must be taken concurrently with LAW 415. (Lab fee) Prerequisites: LAW 232 and three legal specialty electives, senior status or permission of the Department Chair

LAW415 Adv/Legal Research/Writ 3

Building on the skills learned in Legal Research and Writing, students will research and analyze state and federal statues, cases, common law, regulations, and rules. Based on their research, students will prepare legal memoranda for the office and the court. This course is taught in conjunction with Constitutional Law, LAW 405, as part of the Senior Experience for Legal Studies Majors. It is expected that student work in this course will reflect an understanding and application of legal principles from Constitutional Law and that discussions of student work in this course will be informed by discussions in Constitutional Law. LAW 405 must be taken concurrently with LAW 415. (Lab fee) Prerequisites: LAW 240 and three legal specialty electives, senior status or permission of the Department Chair

LAW490 Legal Ethics 3

This course offers an in-depth examination of the ethical considerations and dilemmas faced by paralegals in their work environment. Building on the ethics learned in earlier courses, students will explore complex ethical issues using case studies, literature, and films. The students will evaluate ethical issues and research, write, and present a paper. Prerequisites: LAW 232 and LAW 240 and three legal specialty electives, senior status or permission of the Department Chair Offered in the fall semester

LAW499 Legal Studies Internship 6

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) This extensive internship places students in a law office or law-related setting in corporations, courts, banks, government agencies, etc., to further enhance their paralegal training in a work environment under the supervision of professionals and college faculty. Prerequisites: LAW 330, a minimum cgpa of 2.0, senior status, and approval of department chair Open only to legal studies majors

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters