LEGAL ST/​SOC  131 — CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AMERICA

3-4 credits.

Day-to-day functioning of the elements of the criminal justice system in the U.S. Nature of crime in the U.S., ideas about causes and solutions. Emphasis on the sociology of the components of criminal justice system--organization and roles of police, lawyers, court and correctional personnel. Stdts may receive cr for only one of the following: SOC/​LEGAL ST  131 or 431

LEGAL ST/​POLI SCI  217 — LAW, POLITICS AND SOCIETY

3-4 credits.

Introduction to the legal process. Examination of the various concepts of law, the perennial problems of the law, legal reasoning, and the nature and function of law and the courts.

LEGAL ST/​HISTORY  261 — AMERICAN LEGAL HISTORY TO 1860

3-4 credits.

This course surveys the development of American law down to the U.S. Civil War. After a review of the English historical background, it examines how law changed in colonial America, culminating in the framing of the U.S. Constitution. It then explores how territorial expansion, democracy, and slavery shaped nineteenth-century American law. Emphasis is on how law interacts with political, social, and cultural change, with a focus on the origins of modern civil and constitutional rights.

LEGAL ST/​HISTORY  262 — AMERICAN LEGAL HISTORY, 1860 TO THE PRESENT

3-4 credits.

This course surveys the development of American law from the Civil War to the early Twenty-First Century. After a review of the U.S. Constitution and its modification by the Civil War amendments, it examines the legal dimensions of such topics as race relations and the Civil Rights movement, the growth of modern business, the New Deal, labor rights, the women's movement, the individual rights revolution of the postwar period, and the contemporary conservative reaction. Emphasis is on how law interacts with political, social, and cultural change.

LEGAL ST 400 — TOPICS IN LEGAL STUDIES AND THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

3-4 credits.

This course can be repeated by students, but not with the same content.

LEGAL ST 405 — FOUNDATIONS OF FIELD EDUCATION

2 credits.

This course is designed as a preparatory course for an advanced learning opportunity via an extensive, hands-on internship at a community criminal or juvenile justice agency.

LEGAL ST 409 — HUMAN RIGHTS IN LAW AND SOCIETY

3 credits.

Introduction to the theory, the politics and the sociology of human rights. Main themes: international human rights legal regime, questions of why human rights have become "legalized," and what the consequences of this legalization are on the ground. , Jr st or inst cons

LEGAL ST/​SOC  415 — THE LEGAL PROFESSION

3-4 credits.

History, structure, and functioning of legal professions in the United States and in other countries around the world.

LEGAL ST/​GEN&WS  422 — WOMEN AND THE LAW

3 credits.

Legal system, laws, and proposed legislation that have specific impact on the lives of women. Topics investigated in both the social and legal contexts.

LEGAL ST/​HISTORY  426 — THE HISTORY OF PUNISHMENT

3-4 credits.

This course examines punishment across a vast range of historical traditions, examining how wrongdoing and punishment have been figured in law, literature, art and philosophy. Through the semester we will examine ancient, medieval and modern traditions.

LEGAL ST/​ENVIR ST/​HISTORY  430 — LAW AND ENVIRONMENT: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES

3 credits.

Explores environmental studies through a focus on law and legal history. Although its main concentration is on U.S. environmental law, the course will begin and end with broader historical and global perspectives. Topics include a survey the English, European, and early American legal approaches to land use, natural resources, and pollution through World War II as well as an examination of the development and practice of contemporary U.S. environmental law and consideration of the recent emergence of international environmental law.

LEGAL ST 444 — LAW IN ACTION

3 credits.

A review of the interaction of law (judicial decisions, legislation, administrative actions) with public policy by studying the approaches used to resolve a number of significant issues by use of law and examining the actual impact of such efforts.

LEGAL ST 450 — TOPICS IN LEGAL STUDIES AND THE HUMANITIES

3-4 credits.

Topics courses will address a variety of issues linking various humanities perspectives to the central themes of law and legal institutions. This course may be repeated by studens, but not with the same content.

LEGAL ST/​HISTORY  459 — RULE OF LAW: PHILOSOPHICAL AND HISTORICAL MODELS

3-4 credits.

From the perspectives of history and political theory, this course examines the multiple meanings of the idea of the rule of idea, and its uses in American history. We then explore prominent critiques of the rule of law ideal.

LEGAL ST/​L I S  460 — SURVEILLANCE, PRIVACY, AND POLICE POWERS

3 credits.

Examines individual privacy and government information collection in law enforcement, security, public health, administrative law, and other contexts from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

LEGAL ST/​HISTORY  476 — MEDIEVAL LAW AND SOCIETY

3 credits.

The course is intended to introduce students to the central historical developments of law and legal institutions in the European middle ages (400-1500).

LEGAL ST/​HISTORY  502 — LAW AND COLONIALISM

3 credits.

Historical introduction to the role of law in the context of empire, with special emphasis on 19th-20th C British imperialism; explores themes of class, race and gender through fields of law including criminal, property, family, contract and labor law.

LEGAL ST/​HISTORY  510 — LEGAL PLURALISM

3 credits.

Historical and anthropological perspectives on non-state "law," or systems of rules generated by normative orders that lay beyond the state; case studies include the mafia, Tokyo tuna traders' court, orthodox Jewish diamond merchants, California gold miners' courts, Inuit song dueling.

LEGAL ST 600 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN LEGAL STUDIES

1-3 credits.

Special seminars are designed for opportunities such as short international seminar courses, the summer forum, and other secial opportunities.

LEGAL ST/​LCA/​RELIG ST  628 — HINDU LAW

3 credits.

An examination of the nature, history, institutions, and thought of the Hindu legal tradition from its origins ca. 200BCE to the present.

LEGAL ST/​LAW/​SOC  641 — SOCIOLOGY OF LAW

3-4 credits.

Theory and research on the social origins, processes and effects of law; examination of law-related behavior, legal institutions, law and social structure, and law and social change; linkage to contemporary theoretical and political debates.

LEGAL ST/​L I S  645 — INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM

3 credits.

An examination of intellectual freedom in the United States including censorship, minors' rights, the Internet, privacy, and copyright with focus on theoretical questions related to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and historical developments.

LEGAL ST 650 — ADVANCED SEMINAR IN LEGAL STUDIES

2-3 credits.

A topics seminar typically taught by a member of the Law School faculty. The course may be taught on a "meets with" basis with a Law School topics course or seminar.

LEGAL ST/​L I S  663 — INTRODUCTION TO CYBERLAW

3 credits.

This is an introductory course in the law of cyberspace. The emphasis is on critical thinking about a broad variety of legal and policy problems that arise because of ever-changing information and communication technologies.

LEGAL ST 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3-4 credits.

Individual study for majors writing theses for honors degree.

LEGAL ST 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3-4 credits.

Individual study for majors writing theses for honors degree.

LEGAL ST 691 — SENIOR THESIS

3 credits.

Individual study for majors writing senior thesis (nonhonors).

LEGAL ST 692 — SENIOR THESIS

3 credits.

Individual study for majors writing senior thesis (nonhonors).

LEGAL ST/​SOC  694 — CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD OBSERVATION

2-3 credits.

Field placements and seminar sessions to develop sociological understanding of criminal justice processes. Placement in criminal justice agencies and lectures and discussions applying concepts and theories to field experience.

LEGAL ST 699 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-4 credits.

Directed study in legal studies.