Many courses on campus are useful for pre-law students. Some of which are specifically law-related. These courses are useful to give you an introduction both to the subject matter of the law and to the style of teaching at Law School. Keep in mind Law Schools expect you to get your legal education in law school not during your undergraduate career, therefore it is unwise to take too many law related courses. Some of the courses with specifically law-related content are as follows:
Politics, Social Organization, and Law : Political and legal systems of primitive societies, social control, and structure.
Legal Communication : Examines laws and regulatory policies shaping new media, especially the Internet; impact of regulation on development and use of communication technology. [Offered: Fall 2012]
Legal Issues and New Media : Examines laws and regulatory policies shaping new media, especially the Internet; impact of regulation on development and use of communication technology.
Economic Analysis of Law : Common law and property; rationing of justice; resource allocation between prevention and enforcement; division of decision making between public and private sectors.
Ideas on Trial
Great trials in the past have been important indicators of social and cultural attitudes. We'll study some of these trials, usually through actual transcripts, to see how they not only crystallize but help to shape the attitudes regarding the duty of obedience a citizen owes to the state, the conflict between science and religion, the morality of war, and other issues of fundamental concern. There is a rich variety of such trials to choose from: the trial of Socrates, the trials of Joan of Arc, the trial of Galileo, the Salem witchcraft trials, the Scopes trial, the Nuremberg trials, the Eichmann trial. We'll select several to discuss in the course.
Censorship and the Law: From Press to Cyberspace : The study of current and historical battles over the limits of free expression from press and public parks to television, movies, music and cyberspace. [Offered: Fall 2012]
Law of Mass Communication: Press law; government controls on the news media; legal responsibilities of the journalist. [Offered: Fall 2012]
Law and Society: Sources and structure of law; history of Bill of Rights emphasizing effect on criminal justice system; limits of law in solving problems in American society. [Offered: Fall 2012]
Law and Politics: Electing a President : Examination of the rules and realities of American politics, and the role politics plays in American life and culture. Not available for major credit to law students.[Offered: Fall 2012]
Concepts in American Law: The main concepts and topics in American law, in the historical, economic and cultural contexts in which they have developed.
Psychology and Law: Explores issues of responsibility and credibility. Intentional and unintentional behavior. Clinical biases. Topics include witness credibility, confessions, cults, hostages, battered persons, and repressed memories. [Offered: Fall 2012]
Mental Health Law: Issues at the intersection of law and psychology, both civil--e.g. civil commitment--and criminal-e.g. the insanity defense. Emphasis on ethical issues.
Law and Psychology: Examining the Criminal Justice Process : Examination of the capacity of the criminal justice process to produce accurate verdicts. Application of psychological research on witnesses, detectives, suspects, judges and jurors. [Offered: Fall 2012]
Civil and Political Rights and Liberties: An examination of debates and controversies surrounding the nature and scope of civil rights and civil liberties.
Linguistic Interpretation of the Law: Principles of semantics; analysis of speech acts including informing, promising, threatening, warning; linguistic analysis of consumer contracts and advertisements; readability studies.
New Horizons in Forensic Speaker Identification: Overview of methods used to identify voices on the basis of their characteristic speech patterns.
Contemporary Moral and Social Issues: Application of philosophical theories in ethics to problems such as racial and sexual discrimination, I.Q., and social justice, rights of animals, law and morality, and privacy. [Offered: Fall 2012]
Philosophy of Law: The nature of law, legal realism, legal positivism; concepts used in law, such as punishment, responsibility, insanity, negligence, strict liability; law and morality. [Offered: Fall 2012]
Law, Society, and Politics: A systematic presentation of the main philosophical perspectives on the interactions between law and the social-political aspects of our lives.
Law, Politics, and Public Policy: Interaction between law and politics; overview of the American legal system; value conflicts and public policy questions which arise within it. [Offered: Fall 2012]
Introduction to Environmental Law and Politics : Overview of environmental policy, law and politics at the international, domestic and local levels. Social science gateway to the Environmental Studies major.
Constitutional Law: Development of constitutional law by the courts; leading cases bearing on major constitutional issues; the federal system; powers of government; civil liberties [Offered: Fall 2012]
Environmental Law: Introduces students to central concepts and theories in environmental law and regulation; analyzes present environmental laws and regulations.
Cultural Diversity and the Law: Jurisprudential approach to the study of cultural differences. Consideration of circumstances under which law should accommodate cultural diversity in the United States and abroad.
Law in Film: Analysis of the depiction of law in film; use of film to explore topics in jurisprudence and the politics of law and courts. Recommended preparation.
Critical Issues in Law and Public Policy: Intensive examination of special topics in the field of law and public policy [Offered: Fall 2012]
Advanced Writing for Pre-Law Students [Offered: Fall 2012]