Legal Field Studies: CFS 394-1 and 394-2

Course Type: 4 credits, during Fall, Winter or Spring.  Can be taken for 2, 3 or 4 credits in Summer ONLY. 

This class will count one credit toward Weinberg Distribution Requirement for Area III: Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Course Description

What is law? Who makes it and decides what it is? Who are legal practitioners and what do they do? What role do race, class, and power play and how do they affect the law, our own practice, legal education, and our vision of the past, present, and future?

Students in the Legal Field Studies concentration participate in two classes: Organizational Culture & Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in Law. These classes examine the intersection of law, culture, and society in the United States. This course provides an overview of the legal system, including topics such as:

  • The history of law and practice in United States
  • The law in your life
  • Are the systems currently in place discriminatory?
  • The attorney’s toolbox
  • Legal strategy
  • Ethical decision making - what does it mean?
  • Examination of international laws and how international laws and systems interact with the US
  • Benefits and disadvantages of a legal education
  • The law and other disciplines

2018-2019 Instructor: Monica Llorente

Types of Internships that relate to the Legal Field Studies course: