Pre-Law Studies Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

(21 semester hours)
The Pre-Law Studies Minor at Montclair State University is designed to enhance the preparation of students planning to seek admission to law school by promoting the development of abilities which are considered to be particularly important in the study and practice of law: to reason logically, to analyze complex ideas involving intricate interrelationships, to read with understanding and accuracy, and to write with clarity and precision. Pre-Law Studies is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing critical reasoning, writing and analytical skills. The program offers students a balanced and varied background, enriching the student’s academic major, in the acquisition of skills essential for success in the field of law.

Please contact Dr. Marilyn Tayler for more information about the Pre-Law Studies minor.


PRE-LAW STUDIES MINOR

Complete 21 semester hours, including the following 3 requirement(s):

  1. PRE-LAW MINOR REQUIREMENTS

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete 1 course from the following:

      JURI 210 Perspectives on Law (3 hours lecture) 3
      LAWS 200 Introduction to Law (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete the following 2 courses:

      LAWS 302 Legal Research (3 hours lecture) 3
      LAWS 362 Legal Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. PRE-LAW ESSENTIAL SKILLS COURSES

    Complete 6 semester hours from the following:

    1. Complete 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following:

      ENGL 201 Introduction to Professional and Public Writing (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENWR 204 Writing for Clarity and Style (3 hours lecture) 3
      ENWR 205 Creative Nonfiction (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following:

      LAWS 290 Language of the Law 3
      LNGN 250 Language of Propaganda (3 hours lecture) 3
      LNGN 290 Language of the Law (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. Complete 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following:

      JURI 324 Legal Reasoning (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 324 Legal Reasoning (3 hours lecture) 3
    4. Complete 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following:

      INFO 240 Statistical Methods in Business (3 hours lecture) 3
      MATH 109 Statistics (3 hours lecture) 3
      MATH 270 Statistics for Business (3 hours lecture) 3
    5. Complete 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following:

      PHIL 106 Logic (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 264 Critical Reasoning and Arguments (3 hours lecture) 3
    6. Complete 0 semester hours to 6 semester hours from the following:

      GNHU 182 English Vocabulary: Classical Roots (3 hours lecture) 3
      JURI 300 Essentials of Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture) 3
      LAWS 388 Advocacy and Persuasion (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 101 American Government and Politics (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 320 Law in Society: Civil Law (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. PRE-LAW BACKGROUND COURSES

    Complete 6 semester hours from the following:

    1. Complete 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following:

      ACCT 204 Fundamentals of Accounting (3 hours lecture) 3
      ECON 101 Applied Macroeconomics (3 hours lecture) 3
      INFO 101 Contemporary Business (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following list

      HIST 110 Introduction to American Civilization (3 hours lecture) 3
      HIST 118 History of the United States Since 1876 (3 hours lecture) 3
    3. 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following list

      JURI 316 Theories of Conflict (3 hours lecture) 3
      LAWS 220 Conflict and Its Resolution (3 hours lecture) 3
    4. Complete 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following:

      JURI 499 Selected Topics in Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture) 3
      LAWS 497 Pre-Law Internship 3
      LAWS 499 Selected Topics in Law (3 hours lecture) 3
    5. 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following list

      LAWS 473 Seminar in Law and Literature (3 hours lecture) 3
    6. 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following list

      POLS 322 American Constitutional Law: The Federal System (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 323 American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (3 hours lecture) 3
    7. 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following list

      JURI 474 Human Rights Law (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 212 Social and Political Philosophy (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 310 Knowledge, Belief and Truth (3 hours lecture) 3
    8. 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following list

      POLS 307 American Political Thought (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 317 The American Congress (3 hours lecture) 3
      POLS 324 American Public Policy (3 hours lecture) 3
    9. 0 semester hours to 3 semester hours from the following list

      JURI 376 Feminist Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture) 3
      LAWS 391 Women and the Law (3 hours lecture) 3
      PHIL 376 Feminist Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture) 3
      WMGS 376 Feminist Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

ACCT204: Fundamentals of Accounting (3 hours lecture)

This course provides a foundation for non-accounting business majors. Topics covered include both financial and managerial accounting from a user perspective. Students will be exposed to the four financial statements and ethical issues in accounting along with other accounting reporting issues in the financial accounting phase of the course. Managerial accounting focuses on generating accounting data for internal business decision-making in today's increasingly competitive and complex business world. Students need to become familiar with the use of accounting data for both investment and credit decisions as well as strategic decision making for firms' operation. Major topics covered include financial statement analysis, budgeting, accounting-based decision making, and performance evaluation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100; Not open to BS Accounting Majors.

ECON101: Applied Macroeconomics (3 hours lecture)

The course introduces undergraduate students to the macro economy of the United States of America. Students learn how to apply the mechanism needed for the achievement of an optimal allocation of resources, price stability, full employment level of national income and long-term growth. In addition, they learn to analyze the macroeconomic data and the implications of fiscal and monetary policies. Meets Gen Ed 2002 Requirements - Social Science. 3 sh.

ENGL201: Introduction to Professional and Public Writing (3 hours lecture)

This course is an introduction to the practices and theories of professional and public writing. Students will gain experience with a variety of writing tasks, and they will compose documents that identify or solve problems, raise readers' awareness, or help readers make decisions. Students will learn methods for analyzing situations, and for discovering and implementing strategies to meet the unique demands of each new situation and task. Students will study a range of written artifacts to gain understanding of the rhetorical challenges and strategies other writers have encountered. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

ENWR204: Writing for Clarity and Style (3 hours lecture)

This course is dedicated to intensive, advanced work on academic, professional, and public writing. Students will develop their skills as writers through drafting and revision, peer review, and exposure to research on language practices and the writing process. Students will have the opportunity to analyze their strengths and weaknesses as writers, to develop strategies for editing and polishing, and to enhance their ability to analyze and construct arguments. The course will also provide sustained attention to achieving clarity of prose, with particular emphasis on editing, style, grammar, syntax, and mechanics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

ENWR205: Creative Nonfiction (3 hours lecture)

Advanced writing skills with stress on developing a personal writing style, adapting writing style to various subjects and audiences and experimenting with different modes of exposition. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 106 or HONP 101.

GNHU182: English Vocabulary: Classical Roots (3 hours lecture)

Systematic development of the student's knowledge of English vocabulary through study of the most important Greek and Latin roots, prefixes, suffixes, and other elements and the ways in which they are used to form words in English. 3 sh.

HIST110: Introduction to American Civilization (3 hours lecture)

The mainstreams of development in American civilization. Political, intellectual, social, economic and cultural forces and achievements which have made the U.S. distinctive. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, American or European History. 3 sh.

HIST118: History of the United States Since 1876 (3 hours lecture)

American development from an agrarian power after the Civil War into an urban-industrial society with the liberal institutions that accompanied it. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, American or European History. 3 sh.

INFO101: Contemporary Business (3 hours lecture)

The organization and operation of contemporary business are explored. Students study the operation of the free enterprise system, alternative economic systems, and the various functional areas of business: finance, management, production, and marketing. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Can not be used for degree credit by Business Administration majors with more than 60 credits completed toward degree.

INFO240: Statistical Methods in Business (3 hours lecture)

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the application of modern statistical methods used in enumerative and analytic studies in business. Topics covered include: use of percentages, proportions, rates, ratios and indices; descriptive statistical methods of data analysis; probability; an introduction to discrete and continuous probability distributions; the normal distribution; classical statistical inference - sampling distributions, confidence interval estimation and hypothesis testing for the mean and the proportion and for differences in two means and differences in two proportions; an introduction to control charts. Spreadsheet software is integrated in all topics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100 or Placement Through MSU Placement Test.

JURI210: Perspectives on Law (3 hours lecture)

This course provides the theoretical foundations and practical applications of legislative and judicial areas in United States legal systems. Integrating readings from theorists, scholars and jurists, the course introduces students to methodologies for resolving legal problems within the evolving United States system of law. Students may take LAWS 200 or JURI 210 but not both courses. Students in the Jurisprudence and/or Political Science majors should take JURI 210, not LAWS 200. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ENWR 105 or HONP 100.

JURI300: Essentials of Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture)

This core course within the Jurisprudence major provides a fundamental understanding of the principles, ideologies, and political movements that have shaped American law and procedure. It explores the evolution of the theory and scholarship of American law from its inception to the present. Through historical and contemporary readings and classroom discussion, students will consider the origin of law, the nature of social and political rights as well as the reciprocal effects of law and social institutions upon one another. Students will analyze legal opinions, statutes, treaties conventions, regulations and essays in the context of issues such as capital punishment, euthanasia, abortion and civil rights. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or departmental approval.

JURI316: Theories of Conflict (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide students with central theories of conflict that have been used to analyze various types of conflict, to evaluate the usefulness of these theories by applying them to specific case studies, and to encourage and assist students to develop their own perspectives and to construct useful theories for conflict analysis from interpersonal to international. The role of environment, culture and group dynamics on conflict will be studied. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or LAWS 220 or departmental approval.

JURI324: Legal Reasoning (3 hours lecture)

Theoretical foundations for developing models and methods of addressing legal problems. Principles of legal reasoning and argument in the Anglo-American common law tradition. Models of legal reasoning and methodology for resolving legal problems as developed within evolving social and philosophical notions of justice and fairness. Cross listed with Philosophy and Religion, PHIL 324. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Jurisprudence. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or PHIL 206 or PHIL 212 or departmental approval.

JURI376: Feminist Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the philosophical basis of legal doctrines as they apply to women and feminist issues. The course will explore the legal arguments feminists have made for social and political equality. It will also examine whether gender bias is built into traditional jurisprudential theories. Women's rights and women's legal status in politics, employment, education, and the family will be explored. Cross-listed with PHIL 376 and WMGS 376. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or WMGS 200 or WMGS 201.

JURI474: Human Rights Law (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide an introductory study of the basic principles shaping Human Rights Law. Students will be required to analyze various legal opinions, statutes, treaties, conventions, and regulations in the context of real-world and hypothetical human rights issues. Traditional notions of Human Rights Law will be compared and contrasted with recent developments. In addition to the traditional methods of assessment, students will be responsible for preparing position papers in each phase of the class examining the jurisprudential issues related to this area of law. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or departmental approval.

JURI499: Selected Topics in Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture)

This course will explore aspects of Jurisprudence not covered in the curriculum or which deserve more in-depth treatment than that in an existing course. The specific topic will be announced each time the course is offered. May be repeated once for a total of 6.0 credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or departmental approval.

LAWS200: Introduction to Law (3 hours lecture)

An introduction to the meaning and functions of law, the powers and the jurisdiction of the courts. An exploration of traditional and evolving areas of law. A survey of the different professions and career options within the legal field. An assessment of the roles and importance of law in the lives of students and the public. Students may take LAWS 200 or JURI 210 but not both courses. Students in the Jurisprudence major should take JURI 210. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

LAWS220: Conflict and Its Resolution (3 hours lecture)

A study of conflict, its management and resolution. Exploration of conflict management skills negotiation and mediation. Considerations of culture, gender, race, and age in resolving conflicts. Current developments and practical applications such as peer mediation, negotiation in the workplace, and dispute resolution in the court system. Students may take LAWS 220 or PALG 308, but not both courses. Students in the Paralegal Minor should take PALG 308. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. Meets World Cultures Requirement. 3 sh.

LAWS290: Language of the Law

This course explores the interface between language and our legal system. Students study the history of legal language up to the present day. Topics to be covered include, among others, the impact of (il)literacy on the law, the linguistic ramifications of governing bilingual societies, the functions of written laws and legal language, and the social psychological impact of language use in modern-day litigation. Cross-listed with Linguistics LNGN290. 3 sh.

LAWS302: Legal Research (3 hours lecture)

Study of principles and methods of research as applied to law and government. Exploration of the sources of law including case law, legislative process and intent, statutory law and public administration. Contrastive applications of law library research and computer-assisted legal research. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or POLS 101 or departmental approval.

LAWS362: Legal Writing (3 hours lecture)

Application of legal research, method, and analysis to legal writing. Students are required to perform various kinds of legal writing assignments and to demonstrate ability to identify legal problems, analyze them based upon the related law and theory, and solve problems with resulting written work product. Utilization of computer-assisted legal research. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Jurisprudence. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LAWS 302.

LAWS388: Advocacy and Persuasion (3 hours lecture)

The focus of this class involves the study of substantive and procedural legal issues with the added dimension of combining the arts of persuasion and advocacy and their application to trial strategies. Students learn techniques of communicating evidence, both oral and demonstrative, to advocate effectively a client's case and persuade a jury. Students are exposed to the rules of evidence and trial procedure culminating in putting theory into practice by applying classroom study to a legal problem in the format of a mock trial including witness and attorney roles. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LAWS 200 or JURI 210 or POLS 320.

LAWS391: Women and the Law (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to and evaluation of the changing patterns of gender-based laws in the United States in terms of the preferences they reflect and the rationales used to justify them. Emphasis on issues which impact upon women's rights, relevant case law which impacts upon the roles and rights of women, and legislation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or WMGS 102.

LAWS473: Seminar in Law and Literature (3 hours lecture)

This course examines the "Law and Literature" movement, an area of study developed within the legal field over the past several decades. The course is devoted to a thematic exploration and examination of the application of the concepts of law and literature and underscores areas of mutual illumination of the two vast bodies of text: legal opinions and works of literature. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or departmental approval.

LAWS497: Pre-Law Internship

Field work experience in the legal setting to provide pre-law students who have acquired basic skills through introductory courses with the opportunity to utilize those skills and further explore the field of law. Required classroom seminar supplements experiential component and includes discussion of field work experience and ethical considerations. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: LAWS 302 with a grade of "B" or better; and LAWS 200 or JURI 210; and open only to juniors and seniors.

LAWS499: Selected Topics in Law (3 hours lecture)

Exploration of a timely and significant area of law. 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: Vary according to the topic offered.

LNGN250: Language of Propaganda (3 hours lecture)

This course is a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the use of language to manipulate and influence opinions via advertising, innuendo, jargon, emotive language, etc. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

LNGN290: Language of the Law (3 hours lecture)

The course explores the interface between language and our legal system. Students study the legal language up to the present day. Topics to be covered include, among others, the impact of (il)literacy on the law, the linguistic ramifications of governing bilingual societies, the functions of written laws and legal language, and the social psychological impact of language use in modern-day litigation. Cross listed with Political Science and Law, LAWS290. 3 sh.

MATH109: Statistics (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to the use of statistics in the real world. Topics include: analysis and presentation of data, variability and uncertainty in data, techniques of statistical inference and decision-making. Computer assisted including lecture, individual and small group tutoring in Mathematics Computer Laboratory. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Mathematics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 051 or MATH 061 or MATH 071 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT). Not for majors in Mathematics (MATH), Mathematics with Applied Math concentration (MAAM) or Mathematics-Teacher Education (MTED).

MATH270: Statistics for Business (3 hours lecture)

This course is a comprehensive introduction to the application of modern statistical methods. Topics covered include descriptive statistical methods of data analysis; an introduction to probability theory; an introduction to discrete and continuous probability distributions and mathematical expectation; classical statistical inference - sampling distributions, confidence interval estimation, and hypothesis testing for means and proportions; regression and correlation; and an introduction to time series analysis. Spreadsheet software is integrated in all topics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 114. May not be taken for graduation credit by College of Science and Mathematics majors.

PHIL106: Logic (3 hours lecture)

The forms of deductive and inductive argument in traditional logic, the fundamentals of modern formal logic. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, Philosophy or Religion. 3 sh.

PHIL212: Social and Political Philosophy (3 hours lecture)

The nature of society and the state, their relation to each other and to the individual, and an evaluation of some main political and social ideals. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL264: Critical Reasoning and Arguments (3 hours lecture)

An intermediary level course concentrating upon argumentation and rhetorical devices as they actually function in everyday conversation, philosophical discussion, forensic debate, etc. Arguments will be examined with an eye to penetrating purely formal structure and discovering the underlying dynamics which contribute to cogency in a given context. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 100 or PHIL 102 or PHIL 106; RELG 100 or RELG 101 or RELG 102.

PHIL310: Knowledge, Belief and Truth (3 hours lecture)

The major issues and theories concerning the relationship between knowledge, experience and reality. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or PHIL 237 or PHIL 239 or PHIL 260 or PHIL 262 or PHIL 270 or PHIL 280.

PHIL324: Legal Reasoning (3 hours lecture)

Theoretical foundations for developing models and methods of addressing legal problems. Principles of legal reasoning and argument in the Anglo-American common law tradition. Models of legal reasoning and methodology for resolving legal problems as developed within evolving social and philosophical notions of justice and fairness. Pre-law Minor. Cross listed with Political Science and Law, JURI 324. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Jurisprudence. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or PHIL 206 or PHIL 212.

PHIL376: Feminist Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the philosophical basis of legal doctrines as they apply to women and feminist issues. The course will explore the legal arguments feminists have made for social and political equality. It will also examine whether gender bias is built into traditional jurisprudential theories. Women's rights and women's legal status in politics, employment, education, and the family will be explored. Cross-listed with JURI 376 and WMGS 376. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or WMGS 200 or WMGS 201.

POLS101: American Government and Politics (3 hours lecture)

This course will introduce students to the basic institutions and processes of American politics, and will do so, in part, through a focus on current policy issues. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

POLS307: American Political Thought (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide an introduction to the main strands of American political thought from the founding of the American colonies to the present day. Our goal will be to come to grips with the major questions that have driven our politics throughout the nation's history. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 300 or JURI 300.

POLS317: The American Congress (3 hours lecture)

This course will provide a detailed examination of the United States Congress. It will allow students to explore in depth one of the key American political institutions introduced to them in POLS 101, American Government and Politics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

POLS320: Law in Society: Civil Law (3 hours lecture)

This course will examine the American civil legal system as it affects a variety of our social institutions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or LAWS 200 or JURI 210 or departmental approval.

POLS322: American Constitutional Law: The Federal System (3 hours lecture)

Interpretation of supreme court decisions in the areas of the distribution of power within the national government and between the national government and the states. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101.

POLS323: American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (3 hours lecture)

The development of the constitution and the Supreme Court of the United States illustrated through reference to court opinions in civil rights and liberties. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or LAWS 200 or JURI 210 or departmental approval.

POLS324: American Public Policy (3 hours lecture)

A study of the methods used to analyze public policy and an examination of current public policy issues. Special attention is given to the use of comparative analysis in analyzing American public policies. This course deals with issues such as crime, punishment, social welfare, drug abuse, child abuse, equality, health, education and the environment. It focuses on public policy responses to these issues. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: POLS 101 or departmental approval.

WMGS376: Feminist Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture)

An examination of the philosophical basis of legal doctrines as they apply to women and feminist issues. The course will explore the legal arguments feminists have made for social and political equality. It will also examine whether gender bias is built into traditional jurisprudential theories. Women's rights and women's legal status in politics, employment, education, and the family will be explored. Cross-listed with PHIL 376 and JURI 376. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHIL 200 or PHIL 212 or JURI 210 or LAWS 200 or WMGS 200 or WMGS 201.