2022 Legal Studies Summer Courses

    Introduction to Legal Process (5 credits)

  • LGST 10 [In Person]

    Session 1

    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: Nate Coben

  • Ancient Political Thought (5 credits)

  • LGST 105A [In Person]

    Session 2

    Explores tensions between reason and revelation, justice and democracy, and freedom and empire through close readings of ancient texts. Emphasis on Athens, with Hebrew, Roman, and Christian departures and interventions. Includes Sophocles, Thucydides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Stoics, the Bible, and Augustine. Cross Listed Course POLI 105A

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Proposed Instructor: Rowan Powell

  • Constitutional Law (5 credits)

  • LGST 111A [Online/Remote]

    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. Cross Listed Course POLI 111A

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Proposed Instructor: Eric Snickars

  • Civil Liberties (5 credits)

  • LGST 111B [In Person]

    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 Course POLI 111B

    Proposed Instructor: Eric Snickars

  • Comparative Law (5 credits)

  • LGST 116 [Online/Remote]

    Session 2

    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. Cross Listed Course POLI 116

    General Education Code CC

    Proposed Instructor: Jacqueline Gehring

  • Society and Democracy in American Political Development (5 credits)

  • LGST 120B [In Person]

    Session 1

    Examines the role of social forces in the development of the American democratic processes and in the changing relationship between citizen and state. Course materials address the ideas, the social tensions, and the economic pressures bearing on social movements, interest groups, and political parties. Cross Listed Course POLI 120B

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Proposed Instructor: Sasha Wasserstrom

  • Race and Law (5 credits)

  • LGST 128I [In Person]

    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) Cross Listed Course SOCY 128I

    General Education Code ER

    Proposed Instructor: Hiroshi Fukurai

  • Law and Politics of Memory (5 credits)

  • LGST 158 [Online/Remote]

    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? Cross Listed Course POLI 158

    General Education Code CC

    Proposed Instructor: Jacqueline Gehring

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

  • LGST 185 [Online/Remote]


    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.

    Prerequisite(s): LGST 10.

    General Education Code PR-S

    Proposed Instructor: Ryan Coonerty

  • Introduction to the Legal Profession and Legal Aid Work (2 credits)

  • LGST 188A [Online/Remote]

    Session 1 

    Offers a basic introduction to key aspects of the Legal Profession, generally, as well as an introduction to the specific area of the profession known as Legal Aid -- the system and services through which under-served communities gain access to legal services. Course covers key elements of the legal profession and legal aid work, offering practical information and training on topics such as professional responsibility, ethics, confidentiality, interviewing skills, record keeping, communication, and working with diverse clients. It is particularly designed as a preparation or companion course for law-related internships and field student through courses such as OAKS 188B / LGST 188B (3 credits), OAKS 199, or LGST 185 Internship (5 credits). Cross Listed Course OAKS 188A

    Proposed Instructor: Henry Martin

    Pending CCI Approval

  • Legal Field Practice: Professional Skills and Ethics (3 credits)

  • LGST 188B [Online/Remote]


    Offers placement, standards, and support during on-site experiential training in professional skills and ethics for students working in the legal field or with legal information to empower under-served communities. Previous or concurrent enrollment in LGST 188A or OAKS 188A and by permission of instructor. Cross Listed Course OAKS 188B

    Proposed Instructor: Marina Garcia

    Pending CCI Approval