Legal Studies

Learn the skills needed to enter legal support professions.

To meet growing needs for legal support, today’s firms and organizations are seeking qualified graduates with broad knowledge of the law and legal practices. At Berkeley College, the Bachelor’s and Associate’s degree programs in Legal Studies are designed to prepare students who are interested in careers in legal support services with government, nonprofit organizations, regulatory/compliance offices, or other law-related careers, as well as those students considering law school and other advanced studies in law.

Courses focus on developing skills in critical reasoning and analysis, communication, research, writing, and more.

Benefit from:

  • Performing law-related work in a wide range of disciplines
  • Courses that focus on legal theory and practical application with attorneys in both private and public practice
  • Exceptional faculty, including experienced corporate, litigation, and government attorneys who bring firsthand knowledge
  • Instruction in current technology used in law-related applications and electronic legal research databases
  • Valuable, practical experience through program-related, faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments
  • A seamless transition between Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees

Graduates will be prepared to perform law-related work under the supervision of a lawyer, such as:

  • Identifying and analyzing legal issues
  • Investigating and evaluating facts
  • Preparing pleadings, contracts, forms, legal memoranda, and other documents
  • Interviewing clients and witnesses
  • Case management
  • Conducting legal research
  • And many other law-related duties

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professors participated in the 2nd Annual Conference of the Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking

Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Legal Studies

 This program is offered:
brooklyn new york city dover newark woodbridge woodland park online

A.A.S., Legal Studies 2016-2017 Course Requirements

Legal Studies
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


3 Credit Hours

Provides an introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn to use software, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. This course provides an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework including Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the United States legal system. This course examines the structure and administration of the state and federal courts; the function of the trial and appelate courts; the sources of law; the differentiation between procedural and substantive law; and the legal principles of torts, contracts, criminal, civil and property law.

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines the common law of contracts and the intricacies of the Uniform Commercial Code. The course covers the formation and performance of contracts; the role of the parties and the role of the court; defects in formation of contracts; failure of performance; and the rights and remedies of the parties upon breach.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces students to the defining ethical issues faced by lawyers and the legal community. Topics include access to justice; issues in the attorney-client relationship; and ethics in particular context, such as criminal practice, government and corporate law. Resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills are also covered.

Prerequisite: LAW1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines legal research and writing. Students locate and identify primary and secondary sources of law using traditional and computer-assisted research techniques, including Lexis, Westlaw, and the Internet. Students use databases to formulate searches, retrieve and display documents, and validate findings.

Prerequisites: LAW1100 or BUS2231

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides an introduction to civil wrongs. Topics include negligence, international torts, strict liability, products liability, defamation and toxic torts. Students will examine relevant statutes as well as case law regarding various areas of torts.

Prerequisite: LAW1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores fundamental topics related to the petition, ownership and transfer of real property interest. Topics will include closings of residential property real estate financing including mortgages and insurance, foreclosure and short sales. Students will relate theory to practice through a simulated real estate closing exercise.

Prerequisite: LAW1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the rules governing the civil litigation process in both the state and federal civil courts. Topics will include all aspects of civil litigation including preparation of pleadings, discovery methods, motion practice, trial documents, and the appellate process.

Prerequisite: LAW1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission

 


6 credits

Major Electives





LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


3 Credit Hours

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres. 

Prerequisite: ENG1105

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and ethical and moral issues that face us today. This course presents the ideas of great thinkers throughout history and encourages students’ own thinking on various ethical and moral issues.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores the psychological principles involved in coping with the challenges of moving through changes in life stages and life circumstances. Topics include stress management, communication, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home, education, and work.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


3 credits

Mathematics/Science Elective




6 credits

FREE ELECTIVES



60 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

Students must achieve a grade of C or better in both ENG1105 and ENG2205 to remain in the program.

 




Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Legal Studies

 This program is offered:
brooklyn new york city dover newark woodbridge woodland park online

B.S., Legal Studies 2016-2017 Course Requirements

Legal Studies
Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)

 

 

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


3 Credit Hours

Provides an introduction to computer technology with an emphasis on applications. Students learn to use software, such as Microsoft Windows, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. This course provides an orientation to Berkeley College’s computer framework including Blackboard, content collection, and portfolio development.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the United States legal system. This course examines the structure and administration of the state and federal courts; the function of the trial and appelate courts; the sources of law; the differentiation between procedural and substantive law; and the legal principles of torts, contracts, criminal, civil and property law.

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines the common law of contracts and the intricacies of the Uniform Commercial Code. The course covers the formation and performance of contracts; the role of the parties and the role of the court; defects in formation of contracts; failure of performance; and the rights and remedies of the parties upon breach.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces students to the defining ethical issues faced by lawyers and the legal community. Topics include access to justice; issues in the attorney-client relationship; and ethics in particular context, such as criminal practice, government and corporate law. Resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills are also covered.

Prerequisite: LAW1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Examines legal research and writing. Students locate and identify primary and secondary sources of law using traditional and computer-assisted research techniques, including Lexis, Westlaw, and the Internet. Students use databases to formulate searches, retrieve and display documents, and validate findings.

Prerequisites: LAW1100 or BUS2231

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides an introduction to civil wrongs. Topics include negligence, international torts, strict liability, products liability, defamation and toxic torts. Students will examine relevant statutes as well as case law regarding various areas of torts.

Prerequisite: LAW1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores fundamental topics related to the petition, ownership and transfer of real property interest. Topics will include closings of residential property real estate financing including mortgages and insurance, foreclosure and short sales. Students will relate theory to practice through a simulated real estate closing exercise.

Prerequisite: LAW1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the rules governing the civil litigation process in both the state and federal civil courts. Topics will include all aspects of civil litigation including preparation of pleadings, discovery methods, motion practice, trial documents, and the appellate process.

Prerequisite: LAW1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Develops and refines the research, analysis, citation and writing skills introduced in Legal Research and Writing. Students will prepare either a complex trial brief or appellate brief, and present oral argument.

Prerequisite: LAW2210

 


3 Credit Hours

Allows students to work in a position related to their course of study. Students integrate the skills and knowledge learned through their academic experiences and participate in focused online discussions and special online projects.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission

 


18 credits

Legal Studies Electives*





LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


3 Credit Hours

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres. 

Prerequisite: ENG1105

 


3 Credit Hours

Supports students in the development of oral communication skills. This course emphasizes the identification of good and poor speech habits, techniques for improving speech, oral interpretation, effective speech planning and delivery, and interpersonal communication.

Prerequisite or Corequisite: ENG2205

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores a wide variety of professional and creative writing modes, from personal profiles to blogging and beyond. Students build their reading, writing, and researching skills while reinforcing the fundamental concepts and current developments associated with the areas of their respective majors.

Prerequisite: ENG2205

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and ethical and moral issues that face us today. This course presents the ideas of great thinkers throughout history and encourages students’ own thinking on various ethical and moral issues.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores the psychological principles involved in coping with the challenges of moving through changes in life stages and life circumstances. Topics include stress management, communication, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home, education, and work.

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides an overview of the American political system, the ideas that shaped it, and the conflicts that continue to redefine the relationship between people and political power.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


3 credits

Humanities Elective


24 credits

Liberal Arts Electives**


3 credits

Mathematics/Science Elective


3 credits

Science Elective




12 credits

FREE ELECTIVES



120 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

*12 credits of Legal Studies Electives must be at the 3000/4000 level.
**15 credits of Liberal Arts Electives must be at the 3000/4000 level.

Students must achieve a grade of C or better in both ENG1105 and ENG2205 to remain in the program.

 




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