2020 Legal Studies Summer Courses


    Introduction to Legal Process (5 credits)

  • LGST 10

    Session 2

    Introduction to U.S. and comparative legal institutions and practices. Examines diverse areas of law from torts to civil rights to international human rights. Why is America portrayed as having an activist legal culture; why is law used to decide so many questions from presidential elections to auto accidents; can law resolve disputes that, historically, have led to war and violence; is the legal system fair and/or effective, and, if so, for whom and under what conditions?

    Proposed Instructor - Randy Villegas

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  • Constitutional Law (5 credits)

  • LGST 111A

    Session 1

    An introduction to constitutional law, emphasizing equal protection and fundamental rights as defined by common law decisions interpreting the 14th Amendment, and also exploring issues of federalism and separation of powers. Readings are primarily court decisions; special attention given to teaching how to interpret, understand, and write about common law. (Also offered as POLI 111A. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) 

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to politics and Latin American and Latino studies/politics combined majors during priority enrollment only.

    UCSC Students - if you have satisfied ELWR but not the major restriction, contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.

    Proposed Instructor - Webster Rasmussen

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  • Civil Liberties (5 credits)

  • LGST 111B/POLI 111B

    Session 2

    Explores the status of American civil liberties as provided by the Bill of Rights. Particular attention will be given to issues of concern relating to the aftermath of 9/11, including issues relating to detainees, freedom of information requests, wiretapping authority, watch lists, profiling, and creation of a domestic intelligence agency. Cross Listed Courses POLI 111B.

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Proposed Instructor - Eric Snickars

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  • Comparative Law (online) (5 credits)

  • LGST 116

    Session 2

    Online only class.

    Explores how countries organize their societies through legal rules. Particular attention is given to constitutional design, differences between common and civil law systems, changes brought about by the European Union, and the convergence of legal norms globally. (General Education Code(s): CC.) 

    Satisfies Public Law and Institutions or "additional requirement" to CORE courses.

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

    Course video

    Proposed Instructor - Jacqueline Gehring

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  • Race and Law (5 credits)

  • LGST 128I

    Session 1

    An introduction to comparative and historical analyses of the relation between race and law in the U.S. Emphasis on examinations of continuous colonial policies and structural mechanisms that help maintain and perpetuate racial inequality in law, criminal justice, and jury trials. (Formerly Race and Justice) (Also offered as Sociology 128I. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. (General Education Code(s): ER.)

    Satisfies Law and Society core requirement.

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor - Hiroshi Fukurai

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  • Politics of Law (5 credits)

  • LGST 151

    Session 1

    Uncovers the important debates in politics and law around the functions of courts, litigation, and rights--and the political nature of law itself. Course is interdisciplinary, and draws from literature in political science, law, and sociology. (Also offered as Politics 151. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) 

    All students - restrictions lifted in summer. Contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll.  

    Proposed Instructor - Eric Snickars

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  • Law and Politics of Memory (5 credits)

  • LGST 158

    Session 2

    Examines why we choose to memorialize some aspects of our history, but not others. What impact do those choices have on our contemporary politics and society? How may memorials help create a stronger democracy? (General Education Code(s): CC.) (Also offered as POLI 158. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.)

    Proposed Instructor - Jacqueline Gehring

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  • Legal Studies Internship/Field Seminar: Experiences in Law, Policy, and Society (5 credits)

  • LGST 185

    10-Week

    A practicum seminar for students seeking field experience in law- and policy-making settings. Designed to be combined with an internship; provides structured class meetings and work, including weekly field notes and a final paper. (General Education Code(s): PR-S)

    Prerequisite(s): LGST 10. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

    Proposed Instructor: Ryan Coonerty

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  • Senior Capstone (5 credits)

  • LGST 196

    Session 1

    Examines related legal topics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Each focuses broadly on the relationship between law as a distinct system and law as an attempt to achieve justice, which requires that law remain open to claims of political morality generally. To what extent are legal norms internal to a separate system called law and to what extent are claims of political right in general relevant to question of what law is?

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior legal studies majors.

    UCSC Students - Junior Legal Studies Majors are eligible to enroll as well, please contact summer@ucsc.edu for a permission code to enroll. Include your Student ID number.

    Proposed Instructor - Jacqueline Gehring

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