This is a listing of Legal Studies (LEGL) classes available at Bethany, overseen by the Legal Studies Department. Not all courses are available every semester. Please contact the registrar with any questions.

There are 13 courses in this subject. View other subjects or view all courses.

CodeCourse Title / Description
LEGL100Mock Trial 1 credit
Mock Trial is for students interested in practicing their legal advocacy skills. Students can participate by acting as attorneys or witnesses in a hypothetical trial process. The team competes through the American Mock Trial Association and alternates yearly between civil and criminal cases. Students of all majors are welcome.
LEGL105Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits
This course provides an introduction to the criminal justice system. This course is designed to develop a general understanding of the criminal justice system’s response to crime in society.
LEGL205Community Policing 3 credits
Study of community policing, particularly in the United States. Covers history and development of community policing, community relations, problem solving, and issues of organizational change.
LEGL210Introduction to Legal Studies 3 credits
This course is designed to present students with key legal principles and landmark cases that establish and define the legal process in communication. This course also covers the sources and systems of justice in the communication process, and provides a broad spectrum of legal information necessary for the communication professional. In addition, this course provides valuable information for anyone interested in expanding their general legal knowledge of communication.
LEGL306Evidence 3 credits
This course involves analysis of the principles governing proof of facts in litigation under the state and Federal Rules of Evidence and under common law. Areas emphasized include relevance, hearsay, direct-examination and cross-examination, impeachment of witnesses, expert testimony, and privileges.
LEGL308Business Law 3 credits
This course provides a study of laws encountered in the operation of business. Students are introduced to our Anglo-American system of law, its sources, history and development. The course includes the law of contracts, torts, product liability, intellectual property, real estae, and human resources.
LEGL320Legal Research and Writing 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with the fundamentals of legal research and writing. Students will learn to use and locate primary and secondary authorities. The course will include a general overview of the federal and state court systems. Students will learn the elements of a court decision, how to locate cases through the use of digests, and how to brief a case. The course reviews the techniques of legal writing customarily taught in law school; citation form; cite checking; the methods of compiling legislative histories; administrative and international legal research; and the writing of letters, law office memoranda, and court briefs.
LEGL405Criminal Law 3 credits
This course introduces students to the study of substantive criminal law. The major topics of study include the purposes of criminal law, the elements of criminal law, defenses to crimes, criminal sanctions, constitutional limits on criminal law and the entrepreneurial mindset as applied to an issue in criminal law.
LEGL460Legal Procedures 3 credits
Study of the basic concepts and theories of civil law, contract law, and real estate law. This is an introductory course covering the essential aspects of these content areas.
LEGL470Family Law 3 credits
Study of the basic concepts and theories of family law. This is an introductory course covering the essential aspects of family law. This course will also include basic information on wills, trust and estates as they apply to family law topics.
LEGL480Legal Studies Topics Course 3 credits
Students examine a variety of special topics that emerge from the issues of the day, the expertise of the instructor, and the special interest of the students.
LEGL495Senior Seminar 3 credits
A capstone course designed solely for Legal Studies majors. The use of some primary source material is required.
LEGL499Legal Studies Internship 3 credits
Legal Studies related field experience with an approved agency fulfilling an individual learning contract negotiated between student, faculty advisor, and worksite. Open only to Legal Studies majors. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

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