LS101–Legal Studies

 Law 101: Everything You Need to Know about the American Legal System


LS 101:  Legal 

Environment and Ethics

Tue/Thur 1-2:20 PM

(3 Credits)

 Room: Harned 116


Office Hours: By appt.
  A Citizen's Guide to the Washington Constitution
Course Description & Objectives:

This course introduces the student to the American legal system, including sources of law; topical areas within the law; legal process; basic legal research methods; and ethical issues.  It is the initial, introductory course in Legal Studies and is required for completion of a minor in Legal Studies. The course features a broad range of guest speakers as well as a number of field trips to courts, law libraries, and law offices.


Required Resources:

SMU E-mail address [I frequently send quizzes, exams and articles of interest via e-mail]

Text: 

Law 101: Everything You Need to Know About American Law [3rd Ed., Oxford         University Press (2010)] by Jay M. Feinman


To Protect & Maintain Individual Rights: A Citizen's Guide to the Washington     Constitution Art. 1, by Jonathan Bechtle and Michael Reitz  (Alternate site)



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Built on the General Education foundation informed by Saint Martin’s Catholic, Benedictine heritage and values, Business and Economics offers a unified business program that integrates the separate functional areas of business. Acknowledging the technologic innovation, ever-changing global marketplace and challenged ecosystems currently shaping the world, the Business Administration Program offers students an opportunity to learn and practice general management skills, discover the need for ethical decision-making and acquire functional business area expertise. Through practice and active learning, students also gain the ability to work cooperatively in diverse teams. They become effective writers and speakers, and they demonstrate sharpened critical thinking skills and professional judgment. Students graduate with a broad perspective on the business world and its place in our culture. Saint Martin’s graduates have the ability to work across business functions, adjust quickly to new situations, accept change and ambiguity as a natural part of life, and become enthusiastic lifelong learners. National or State Standards consistent with AACSB and AICPA


Grade determination method
Total 500 points

  • Midterm & Final: @ 100/each = 200 points
  • 2 Quizes @ 100 points each = 200 points
  • Participation & Forum @ 100 points/each = 200 points
I expect students to come to class ready to engage: discuss the readings, participate in weekly forum discussions and raise current events of legal interest. 

Class participation can and does make a difference!!

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