Course Descriptions

Legal Studies


LES 200
Legal Ethics
3 credits

This course is designed to expose students to the major ethical problems they may face as part of a legal team. The focus of the course is the ABA Model Code and the Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The course also addresses the role of non-lawyers in the delivery of legal services and the various professional codes of ethics which provide guidance to non-lawyers. Emphasis will be placed on related codes of civility, the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine, proper handling of legal fees and client property, as well as the disciplinary process. This course is a legal specialty. (Please note: minimum passing grade needed is a "C")

Prerequisite(s): ENG 121


LES 205
State and Local Government
3 credits

This course surveys the complexity of the fifty state governments and numerous local governments in the United States. The issue of authority in the three forms of government found throughout the United States - unitary, confederate, and federal - is examined.

Prerequisite(s): NG 122


LES 220
Introduction to Legal Studies
3 credits

This course provides an introduction to the study of law and the many opportunities available within the legal services industry. Emphasis is placed on the judicial system and its role within the state and federal governments, the importance of judicial opinions including how to read, understand, and summarize case law, an introduction to legal research and writing, and an overview of the ethical obligations, regulations, professional trends, and skills required of those working in this field. This course is a legal specialty. (Please note: minimum passing grade needed is a "C") PRIOR TO FALL 2012, THIS COURSE WAS OFFERED AS LES 120.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 121


LES 303
History of American Jurisprudence
3 credits

This course examines the American jurisprudence system from the founding of the government of the United States of America to the system of laws that exists today. The main focus of the course is on laws and the courts and the tremendous impact of the rule of law that has developed during the last century.

Prerequisite(s): NG 122


LES 304
Constitutional Law
3 credits

This course examines the United States Constitution and its broad framework. Specific topics of review include the powers of each branch of government, judicial review of Congressional enactments, separation of powers, the relationship between the federal government and the states, the limitations of the federal government’s interference with private transactions, and the concept of state action which underpins all the limitations on the governmental power of the Constitution. The course also explores individual rights under each of the amendments.

Prerequisite(s): LES 220, LES 314 and LES 316


LES 314
Legal Research
3 credits

This course provides students with hands-on training in the use of both primary and secondary legal sources, including: reported court decisions, constitutions, statutes, administrative regulations, court rules, treatises, legal encyclopedias, and legal periodicals. Various legal finding tools such as digests, citators, annotated statutes, legal dictionaries, and form-books are also discussed. Students will also receive training in computer-assisted legal research and proper Bluebook citation format. This course is a legal specialty. (Please note: minimum passing grade needed is a "C")

Prerequisite(s): ENG 121 and LES 220


LES 316
Legal Writing
3 credits

This course provides students with an introduction to case analysis and the fundamentals of legal writing. Students learn how to analyze legal opinions for use as legal precedent. Students also learn how to distinguish various legal opinions and draft persuasive arguments. Emphasis is placed on the identification of key facts, issues, holdings, and reasoning in a legal opinion. Further instruction in proper Bluebook citation format will be provided, as well as how to prepare client correspondence, legal briefs, and memorandums of law. This course is a legal specialty. (Please note: minimum passing grade needed is a "C")

Prerequisite(s): LES 220, LES 314 and ENG 122


LES 317
Contracts
3 credits

This course provides students with both the theory behind contract formation as well as the skills in drafting, reviewing, analyzing, and revising contracts. Instruction includes interesting and significant court cases for discussion while emphasizing a practical approach to understanding contracts. Emphasis is placed on all major areas of contract law, including offer, acceptance, consideration, statute of frauds, third-party beneficiaries, performance, breach of contract, and damages. This course is a legal specialty.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 220 and LES 314


LES 330
Cyberlaw
3 credits

This course provides an overview of the legal doctrines and principles that apply to the operation and development of computer technology and the Internet. Topics include: issues related to jurisdiction, constitutional issues of free speech, property rights, e-business, and current developments in legislation and case law.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 121 and ENG 122


LES 331
Electronic Discovery
3 credits

This course looks at the structure and scope of system and records regulation in various industries, the process of discovery within the legal system and its likely impact on a systems administrator. Topics include: technologies for handling electronic discovery, computer forensics, identifying media types, and best practices for data collection.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 121 and ENG 122


LES 350
Interviewing & Investigating
3 credits

This course provides hands-on instruction in various methods of obtaining information from a variety of public and private sources and instructs students in the skill of gathering information from individuals through active listening, record keeping, proper questioning, and other essential interview techniques. This course is a legal specialty.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 200 and LES 220


LES 401
LSAT Preparation
2 credits

This course is designed to aid students in preparing for the LSAT examination by introducing them to the form and content of the exam. Students will develop a personal study plan and complete several self-diagnostic tests. Each type of LSAT question will be discussed in-depth. This is a junior or senior level course. (Please note: this course may leave students one credit short for degree completion unless they have extra credits from transfer or a 4 credit science course. Students considering this course should check with an Academic Advisor.)


LES 402
Business Organizations
3 credits

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the formation of legal entities. Main topics include the legal procedures essential to the creation and structuring of various entities, including sole proprietorship, corporations, trusts, and limited liability corporations. Students will also receive instruction in the preparation of documents necessary to the legal organization and the operation of each type of entity. This course is a legal specialty.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 220 and LES 314


LES 403
Civil Procedure
3 credits

This course examines the theoretical and practical aspects of basic civil litigation including preliminary investigation, pleadings, motions, discovery, trials, and appeals. Emphasis will be placed on the requirements and restrictions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which apply throughout the United States. (Please note: minimum passing grade needed is a "C")

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 220 and LES 314


LES 404
Criminal Law
3 credits

The course features an overview of the principles and philosophy of criminal law, focusing primarily on court rules and case precedents. Specific topics include: administration of criminal justice, components of a crime, search and seizure, confessions and Miranda, and pretrial through sentencing and punishment.

Prerequisite(s): LES 316


LES 405
Delaware Practice
3 credits

This course discusses various areas of substantive law as they are applied in Delaware. The jurisdiction of each court and their respective rules will also be covered: Justice of the Peace, Court of Common Pleas, Superior Court, Chancery Court, and Delaware Supreme Court. Students may be required to attend one or more court proceedings. This course is a legal specialty.

Prerequisite(s): LES 220, LES 314, LES 316 and LES 403


LES 406
Family Law
3 credits

This course introduces students to the procedural and substantive law affecting the family and domestic relations. The law affecting prenuptial agreements, separation, divorce, annulments, spousal support, alimony, spousal abuse, custody, child support, and adoption is also discussed. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of relevant legal documents and procedures for various court filings.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 220 and LES 314


LES 408
Employment Law
3 credits

This course examines the concepts and laws governing employment and collective bargaining in both the private and public sectors. It includes a thorough discussion of bargaining units, election procedures, unfair labor practices, and good faith bargaining. Additionally, it will acquaint the student with the philosophy and practice of labor arbitration. Topics include federal wage regulation, labor law, workplace discrimination, the impact of employment practices, the ADA, privacy laws, sexual harassment, human resource management, and employee handbooks.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 220 and LES 314


LES 409
Bankruptcy
3 credits

This course introduces the relevant rules and procedures involved in the presentation of a petition for bankruptcy of an individual or a company, from consumer Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 petitions to an overview of the complexities of Chapter 11 business bankruptcies. This course is a legal specialty.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 220 and LES 314


LES 410
Real Estate, Transfer, and Ownership Law
3 credits

This course provides a comprehensive survey of the modern real estate property transaction, covering the drafting of basic documents involved in transfer of land such as deeds, mortgages, sales agreements and options and a review of federal and state regulation of land transfer. Emphasis is placed on ownership rights, survey and land descriptions, encumbrances, easements and licenses, financing, title examinations, real estate closings and leases. This course is a legal specialty.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 220 and LES 314


LES 411
Estates, Trusts, and Probates
3 credits

This course discusses the law of testamentary disposition, the common instruments used in testamentary dispositions, and the formalities for validity, construction, and interpretation of wills, trusts, and other post-death transfer devices. Emphasis will be placed on the probate process, estate administration, and federal and state tax concerns.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 220 and LES 314


LES 413
Food and Drug Law and Policy: Who decides what we can eat, drink and ingest?
3 credits

Drugs are one of the most complex and controversial societal issues. As such, students should understand the context and foundational aspects of drug law, including the entire spectrum of topics: How do governments determine which drugs should be legal and which criminal? How do tobacco, alcohol and marijuana play into the equation? As to legal drugs, what regulations and culpability should be imposed for research-and-development, patents, side effects, sales, service and advertising? Similarly, public policy surrounding food, beverages and health supplements touches more lives on a micro level than perhaps any other area of law. In their academic careers, students should grapple with a fundamental question: Who decides what we eat and drink?

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102


LES 416
Environmental Law
3 credits

This course surveys the major federal statues related to environmental quality and analyzes various approaches to regulation. Primary focuses are on the interaction of law and policy and the roles of Congress, the regulatory agencies, and the courts in defining and implementing environmental mandates. In addition, toxic torts and environmental litigation will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 220 and LES 314


LES 417
Intellectual Property
3 credits

This course provides an overview of the classes of intellectual property, including U.S. patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, with an emphasis on the process for securing intellectual property rights, ownership issues, and licensing of intellectual property, i.e., technology transfer.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 220 and LES 314


LES 420
Personal Injury and Malpractice
3 credits

This course provides a comprehensive overview of civil wrongs. Students will learn the elements of negligence as applied in personal injury and malpractice actions. Also discussed will be intentional torts, strict liability, and affirmative defenses. This course is a legal specialty.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122, LES 220 and LES 314


LES 440
Advanced Litigation Skills
3 credits

This course builds on prior coursework in civil practice, tort, legal writing, and law office technology. Students enrolled in this course will apply their knowledge in litigation practice and develop new skills in settlement negotiations, trial strategy, preparation of exhibits, and document management. Other topics covered will include alternative dispute resolution, motion practice, and post-trial appeals. This course is a legal specialty.

Prerequisite(s): LES 220, LES 314, LES 316 and LES 403


LES 480
Law Office Administration & Technology
3 credits

This course is a survey of the common structure and staffing in law offices, including employment policies, accounting practices, hiring policies, discrimination in the workplace, professional development, and disaster preparation. In addition, students will be introduced to the specialized software used in case management, document control, timekeeping, accounting, and other elements of the well-managed law practice. This course is a legal specialty. (Please note: minimum passing grade needed is a "C")

Prerequisite(s): LES 200, LES 220 and BCS 205 or BCS 206


LES 490
Internship in Legal Studies
3 credits

This course consists of supervised, practical work experience in a law office, judicial office, nonprofit agency, or another entity which employs legal paraprofessionals.

Prerequisite(s): LES 220, LES 314, LES 316 and LES 403


LES 491
Capstone: Virtual Experience in Legal Studies
3 credits

This course provides students with a series of simulated, experiential learning environments which give students an interactive law office environment suitable for the development and refinement of competencies needed for the real-world legal workplace. The simulation modules are supplemented with exercises and instruction geared toward preparing students for the transition from the academic environment to the workplace. This course is a legal specialty.

Prerequisite(s): DIS 095DIS, Senior status, LES 200, LES 220, LES 314, LES 316, LES 403 and LES 480 or LES 320