Justice Studies Major, Paralegal Studies Concentration (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2012 University Catalog

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Coordinator:  Nicole A. Fackina

A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.75 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree (for further information, see General Education Requirements).


PARALEGAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION

Complete 39 semester hours including the following 2 requirement(s) with a minimum 2.750 GPA:

  1. JUSTICE STUDIES CORE

    Complete the following 2 requirements for a total of 15 semester hours:

    1. Complete the following 4 courses:

      JUST 200 Perspectives on Justice Studies I (3 hours lecture) 3
      JUST 201 Perspectives on Justice Studies II (2 hour lecture, 2 hour other) 3
      JUST 300 Research Methods in Justice Studies (2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab) 3
      JUST 310 Theoretical Issues in Justice Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete for 3 semester hours.

      JUST 497 Senior Seminar and Internship (2 hours seminar, 1 hour other) 3-8
  2. PARALEGAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION

    Complete the following 2 requirements:

    1. PARALEGAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION REQ

      Complete the following 3 courses:

      PALG 210 Law and Litigation (3 hours lecture) 3
      PALG 312 Research and Writing for Paralegals (3 hours lecture) 3
      PALG 339 Computer Applications in the Legal Environment (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. PARALEGAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION ELECT

      Complete a total of 15 semester hours from the following:

      1. Complete 3 semester hours - 15 semester hours from the following:

        PALG 304 Real Estate Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 306 Contract Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 310 Fundamentals of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 322 Wills, Trusts and Probate Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 330 Family Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 336 Corporations and Partnerships (3 hours lecture) 3
      2. Complete 0 semester hours - 9 semester hours from the following:

        PALG 301 Criminal Law and Procedure (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 305 Immigration Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 308 Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 317 Evidence (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 318 Computer-Assisted Research in the Legal Environment (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 320 Bankruptcy Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 332 Personal Injury Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 378 Employment Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 398 Selected Topics in Paralegal Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 411 Advanced Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 412 Consumer Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 413 Elder Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 420 Advanced Civil Litigation (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 437 Entertainment Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 438 Trademark Law (3 hours lecture) 3
        PALG 450 Law Office Management and Technology (3 hours lecture) 3
      3. Complete 0 semester hours - 6 semester hours from the following:

        JUST 101 Criminology (3 hours lecture) 3
        JUST 102 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
        JUST 314 Environmental Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
        JUST 315 Restorative Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
        JUST 317 Race and the U.S. Legal System (3 hours lecture) 3
        JUST 319 Hate Crimes (3 hours lecture) 3
        JUST 321 White Collar Crime (3 hours lecture) 3
        JUST 322 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
        JUST 326 Death Penalty Perspectives (3 hours lecture) 3
        JUST 351 Juries and Justice 3
        JUST 360 Rights, Liberties and American Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
        JUST 398 Selected Topics in Justice Studies (3 hours lecture) 3
        JUST 496 Peer Mentoring for Justice Studies 3
        PALG 316 Skills for Bilingual Legal Personnel (3 hours lecture) 3
        PSYC 330 Forensic Psychology (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

JUST101: Criminology (3 hours lecture)

Definitions of crime, the major theories of crime, the nature and extent of criminal behavior. Analysis of different types of crime, including juvenile delinquency, corporate crime, crimes against women, and crimes by police. Institutions of social control: police, courts, prisons. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science. 3 sh.

JUST102: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours lecture)

Do the three main sectors of the criminal justice system - the police, the courts, and corrections - have an impact on crime, achieve justice, and constitute a system? This course will look at the historical development of each of these sectors, their relation to broader social forces, and their internal problems and dilemmas. Topics may include current controversies (police brutality, the death penalty and other sentencing trends, community policing, plea bargaining, parole) as well as the impact of broader issues like race, gender and social class. 3 sh.

JUST200: Perspectives on Justice Studies I (3 hours lecture)

An examination of questions of justice based upon social behavior, group processes and individual differences. The course will explore controversies surrounding justice and injustice, including the potential for differential treatment based upon race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical ability. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Justice Studies. 3 sh.

JUST201: Perspectives on Justice Studies II (2 hour lecture, 2 hour other)

An introduction to the systems, processes and theories of justice in the United States:civil, criminal, juvenile and therapeutic. The course will explore the historical development of the American justice systems through an examination of relevant law and scholarly sources. By incorporating applicable law and court processes, the course will provide students with an interdisciplinary understanding of US justice systems. 3 sh.

JUST300: Research Methods in Justice Studies (2 hours lecture, 1 hour lab)

Introduction to the principles of empirical research and their application in the law and justice system. Examination of sampling, experimental methods, survey methods, and qualitative fieldwork and study of strengths and weaknesses of these methods. Attention to methods for progrm, family, and individual evaluation. A critical approach to understanding and using "facts" about levels of adult and juvenile crime, causes of crime, public perceptions of crime and punishment, victimization, policing, the courts, and corrections. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval. Not open to freshman.

JUST310: Theoretical Issues in Justice Studies (3 hours lecture)

The purpose of this course is to explore justice-related issues of crime and punishment in both historical and contemporary settings - to examine, for instance, how and why some acts become defined as crimes and others do not, how and why these definitions change over time, and what factors (eg. race, class, and gender) influence and determine these changes. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST314: Environmental Justice (3 hours lecture)

The domain of this course is the role of social inequities, especially those of class and race, in the distribution of environmental risks in societies at the local, national, and global levels and includes study of legal remedies and public policy measures that address environmental injustices. Cross listed with Sociology, SOCI 314. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST315: Restorative Justice (3 hours lecture)

Study of the mediation process and its evolution. Analysis of models and applications including: court-annexed, family, municipal court, community, peer, and victim offender mediation. Student participation in role plays, research, and observations of mediation process. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST317: Race and the U.S. Legal System (3 hours lecture)

The course will examine the use of the law both to perpetuate and eradicate racial injustice in the United States from the inception and rise of slavery during the colonial period through the racial desegregation decision on the United States Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954 to the present. The goals of the course are to achieve an understanding of the role of law in its social context, especially with regard to the use of legal institutions, and law in the creation and maintenance of systems of racial injustice and to examine the use of law (especially litigation) as a mechanism for social change. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST319: Hate Crimes (3 hours lecture)

The course examines issues relating to how and why people hate; what constitutes a hate crime; whether and how society should legislate against hate crime; and how tolerance can be promoted in an ever-diverse and complex world. Course topics may include a historical perspective on hate; psychological and sociological theories as to why people hate hate; hate crime laws; enforcement issues relating to hate crime laws; constitutional challenges to hate laws; international hate crime; and new frontiers in hate and hate crime. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST321: White Collar Crime (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the nature, scope, forms, and styles of occupational and business-related criminal activities in the U.S., as well as their social, political, and economic implications. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST322: Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3 hours lecture)

This course will deal with major theories regarding the causes of juvenile delinquency. The relationship between juvenile crime and justice and the socio-economic and institutional arrangements of the larger society will be the primary focus. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST326: Death Penalty Perspectives (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the specific legal issues inherent in capital punishment. Included will be detailed coverage of both substantive and procedural law of capital punishment as well as the roles of lawyers, judges, and juries within this legal system. This course also will focus upon empirical analyses of death penalty applications and will carefully explore its practical and philosophical underpinnings. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST351: Juries and Justice

An examination of the roots of the American jury system and the role of trials in the social construction of morality. Consideration of issues related to jury pools, selection, and representativeness. Examination of data from research on group processes within actual and mock juries, including communication and decision making in juries and juror bias. Students will conduct field studies in local courts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST360: Rights, Liberties and American Justice (3 hours lecture)

An integrated approach to the study of individual rights, liberties, and American justice. The development of constitutional law in its social, political, and cultural contexts. The growth of the legal tradition and recent developments in relation to statutory law in shaping the principles of American liberty. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or JUST 232 or departmental approval.

JUST398: Selected Topics in Justice Studies (3 hours lecture)

Exploration of a timely and significant area of Justice Studies. The specific topic will be announced each time that the course is offered. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 101 or JUST 102 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

JUST496: Peer Mentoring for Justice Studies

Advanced students serve as peer mentors in Justice Studies working with faculty and students to promote academic excellence and positive student culture. They will also solidify knowledge and gain organizational and leadership experience. This course may be repeated once for credit. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior status and departmental permission; Justice Studies majors only.

JUST497: Senior Seminar and Internship (2 hours seminar, 1 hour other)

Field placement experience. The required classroom seminar complements the applied component and includes discussions of organizational models, conflict resolution, confidentiality, career options and resume writing. Discussion themes incorporate a multidisciplinary perspective. May be repeated once for students who choose a second concentration. 3 - 8 sh.

Prerequisites: JUST 200, JUST 201, JUST 300, and JUST 310 with a minimum grade of C- in each; 18 credits in the student's concentration; Justice Studies majors only; senior status; and departmental permission.

PALG210: Law and Litigation (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the legal system with a focus on the New Jersey court system. Review of substantive areas of law and application of procedural concepts from initiation of a civil lawsuit through entry of judgment. The unique role and function of attorney and paralegal in the process of client interviewing, ethical considerations, investigation and preparation for trial. Drafting of pleadings and other documents used in litigation and trial. 3 sh.

PALG301: Criminal Law and Procedure (3 hours lecture)

Legal concepts of criminal law and their application to criminal procedure. Contrast between civil law and criminal law. Study of crimes against persons, property and the public. Searches and seizure, arrest and interrogation. Students may take PALG 301 or POLS 321 but not both courses as part of the Paralegal minor, the Political Science major or the Criminal Justice minor. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG304: Real Estate Law (3 hours lecture)

Principles of real estate law and transactions. Contracts, mortgages, surveys, title, RESPA. Conveyances of real property from the standpoint of seller and purchaser. Landlord-tenant relations. Forms and documents utilized by paralegals in real estate law. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG305: Immigration Law (3 hours lecture)

Basic overview of Immigration and Nationality Act, including historical and sociological perspectives of United States immigration. Practice and procedure of immigration law as it pertains to both administrative agency processing and consular processing. Non-immigrant visas, family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, naturalization, removal, asylum and refugee practice. Recent developments in this continually evolving area of law and practice. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG306: Contract Law (3 hours lecture)

Theoretical foundations and practical applications of contract law in the common law tradition as modified by the Uniform Commercial Code. Drafting of contracts. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG308: Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration (3 hours lecture)

An in-depth study of complimentary forms of dispute resolution as compared and contrasted with the traditional judicial system. Students study the theoretical background and receive training in mediation, negotiation and arbitration. Students may take LAWS 220 or PALG 308 but not both courses. Students in the Paralegal Studies Program should take PALG 308. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG310: Fundamentals of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law (3 hours lecture)

Substantive principles of patent, trademark and copyright law including categories and standards of patentability, categories of trademarks and categories of copyrightable subject matter. Assignment and licensing of such proprietary rights. Litigation involving acts of infringement including related areas of anti-trust law and unfair competition. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG312: Research and Writing for Paralegals (3 hours lecture)

Study of principles, methods and applications of research and writing as utilized by paralegals in the legal environment. Students will be required to use the library as well as conduct computer-assisted research. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG316: Skills for Bilingual Legal Personnel (3 hours lecture)

Translating, interpreting and cultural fluency as applied to the legal field and in particular to the role of bilingual paralegals. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Fluency in Spanish required.

PALG317: Evidence (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the basic principles and rules governing trial advocacy in federal and state (NJ) cases. Areas to be examined include: the hearsay rule and its exceptions, examination of witnesses (lay and expert), impeachment, privileges, real and demonstrative evidence, inference, judicial notice and presumptions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG318: Computer-Assisted Research in the Legal Environment (3 hours lecture)

This course provides students with the theoretical foundations and practical applications of computer-based research in the legal environment. Areas to be covered in computer-assisted legal research include government legal databases and private legal databases such as Westlaw and Lexis. Factual investigation and other law-related internet reserarch will also be explored. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG320: Bankruptcy Law (3 hours lecture)

This course prepares paralegal students to assist attorneys representing debtors and creditors in bankruptcy matters. The course emphasizes procedures and their practical applications, including interviewing clients, preparing and reviewing schedules and preparing claims and motions. The course reviews the new Federal bankruptcy code. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG322: Wills, Trusts and Probate Law (3 hours lecture)

Basic concepts, practice, and procedures in wills, probate, and trusts. Includes will drafting, estate planning, probate procedures and estate administration. Forms and questionnaires utilized by paralegals in these areas. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG330: Family Law (3 hours lecture)

Basic concepts of family law practice. Study of ceremonial and common-law marriage. Dissolution of marriage and annulment. Financial consequences, including alimony and property distribution. Child custody, adoption, illegitimacy, paternity, and surrogacy. Domestic violence. Familiarization with New Jersey procedures. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG332: Personal Injury Law (3 hours lecture)

Legal concepts and terminology of personal injury law, both substantive and procedural. Negligence, medical malpractice, products liability. Drafting of pleadings and other documents utilized by paralegals in personal injury practice. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG336: Corporations and Partnerships (3 hours lecture)

Legal characteristics and tax aspects related to sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited partnerships and corporations. Formation, operation and dissolution of the corporate entity. Drafting of legal forms utilized by paralegals in these areas. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG339: Computer Applications in the Legal Environment (3 hours lecture)

Applications of computer software and hardware in the legal environment. Legal applications of word processing, databases,and spreadsheets. Legal software for document generation, document management, financial management, time billing, time and document management, computer-assisted legal research and information management in the workflow process. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG378: Employment Law (3 hours lecture)

The goal of this course is to provide students with the theorectical foundations and practical applications of employment law as it has developed and been applied in the United States. The course will utilize a model and method approach which will present theory and procedure in a case problem context. The course will acquaint students with various human resource and compliance procedures in the modern legal environment. Processes such as policy creation and procedural application of modern employment law including wrongful discharge, whisleblower statutes, age discrimination, handicap discrimination, sex discrimination and harassment, race, and religion will be explored as well. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the use of ADR and CDR prior to disputes manifest before federal and state agencies. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG398: Selected Topics in Paralegal Studies (3 hours lecture)

Exploration of a timely and significant area of Paralegal Studies such as administrative law, bankruptcy, environmental law as well as new and evolving legal areas. The specific topic will be announced each time that the course is offered. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG411: Advanced Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law (3 hours lecture)

Procedural principles of patent, trademark and copyright law including prosecution of patent and trademark applications in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, preparation and filing of trademark applications and preparation of applications to register claims to copyright in the United States Copyright Office. Litigation procedures for acts of infringement relating to such proprietary rights. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG412: Consumer Law (3 hours lecture)

This course provides students with the theoretical foundations and practical applications of Consumer Law. The course utilizes a model and method approach, which presents theory and procedure in a case problem context. The course acquaints students with various traditional legal theories and compares and contrasts them with law as it has evolved to meet new changes in society. Areas to be covered include compulsory disclosure of information, consumer claims and defenses, abusive collective practice, state and federal regulation of the cost of credit and alternative dispute resolution. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG413: Elder Law (3 hours lecture)

This course presents basic Elder Law concepts, practices and procedures. This course is a "service-learning course" requiring students to participate in an organized service activity that addresses an identified community need in this case, that of the elderly. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG420: Advanced Civil Litigation (3 hours lecture)

Refinement of substantive and procedural principles relating to all stages of a civil law suit from commencement of suit through judgment and appeal as applied in New Jersey. Theoretical foundations and practical applications in the state court system contrasted with the federal court system. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG437: Entertainment Law (3 hours lecture)

The goal of this course is to provide students with the theoretical foundations and practical applications of entertainment law. The course will utilize a model and method approach, which will present theory and procedure in a case problem context. The course will acquaint students with various traditional legal theories and compare and contrast them with entertainment law as it has evolved to meet the changes in society. Areas to be covered include representing minors, contract preparation, copyright infringement, publishing, theatrical and musical performance, film and television. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG438: Trademark Law (3 hours lecture)

Comprehensive study of procedural and substantive aspects of trademark selection, registration, use, and protection within the context of intellectual property. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PALG450: Law Office Management and Technology (3 hours lecture)

Theoretical foundations and practical applications of law office management and technology. Hands-on and theoretical problems dealing with work product, human resources, and workflow in assembly, case management, database management, human resource management, and technological interfaces with traditional processes. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PALG 210 or JUST 200 or JUST 201 or departmental approval.

PSYC330: Forensic Psychology (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the interaction between psychology and the legal system. Emphasis placed on the assessment and diagnosis of psychopathic behavior, court-mandated evaluations and the role of the psychologist as expert witness. The application of psychological knowledge within the criminal justice context. Ethical guidelines in forensic psychology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior Psychology or Justice Studies majors only.