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Advanced Legal Research and Analysis

LGST 300 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: LGST 200. An in-depth examination of research methods to identify primary authority relevant to legal issues. The goal is to identify legal issues, implement research strategies to find relevant primary authority, and use this authority to analyze the issues. Topics include the use of computer-assisted legal research systems to locate case law, statutory law, administrative law, and rules of procedure and evidence and methods to identify and analyze legal issues. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: LGST 400 or PLGL 400.

Advanced Legal Writing

LGST 301 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: LGST 201. A focused study of the principles and techniques for drafting legal advocacy writings. The objective is to analyze legal issues and advocate for results based on that analysis. Assignments include a complex office memorandum, a demand letter, and an external advocacy memorandum. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: LGST 301, LGST 401, or PLGL 401.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

LGST 327 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: An overview of the various processes and techniques to settle disputes without court adjudication. Topics include alternatives to litigation and their advantages, characteristics of effective mediation, ethics, and virtual dispute resolution techniques. The objective is to become familiar with various methods of dispute resolution and potential career opportunities in alternative dispute resolution. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: LGST 327, PLGL 327, or PLGL 398G.

Special Topics in Legal Studies

LGST 398 | 1 Credit

Course Desc: An examination of topics in legal studies and related fields. May be repeated when topics differ.

Legal Studies Capstone

LGST 495 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Prerequisite: Completion of at least 24 credits of required major courses including LGST 301. A portfolio-driven study of professional practices in the legal field. The goal is to integrate the competencies gained through previous coursework and experience. Assignments include projects relevant to work in the legal environment.

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