Pre-Law Studies (PLS)

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PLS 1000 - Introduction to Law

Credit(s): 3 Credits

The purpose of the course is to provide students an introduction to the law and legal principles. The structure of the court system, civil litigation and methods of alternative dispute resolution will be examined. Elements of the following areas of substantive law: torts, contracts, property, trusts and estates, corporations, family law, and criminal law and procedure will be examined.

PLS 1050 - Introduction to Legal Careers

Credit(s): 1 Credit

PLS 1930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-4 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

PLS 1980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

PLS 2000 - Intro Legal Research & Writing

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course has two main objectives (1) to introduce students to the basics of legal research and writing and (2) to introduce students to the fundamentals of legal reasoning and analysis. Students will be required to complete a series of research and writing exercises and a final legal analysis paper.

PLS 2200 - Law: Service Learning

Credit(s): 0-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

This course offers exposure to a variety of contemporary legal and policy issues as they intersect with race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, and other underrepresented classifications. The course will focus on issues that affect diverse populations regionally, across the country, and internationally. Classes will include discussions, role playing, and other interactive activities designed to improve understanding of the course material. Students will be evaluated on multimedia reflections, online and class participation, individual and group research and presentations.

PLS 2500 - The Anatomy of the Lawsuit

Credit(s): 2 Credits

This hands-on course provides students with a practical understanding of the pretrial process and how discovery procedures shape and impact civil litigation today. The progression of class topics mirror the pretrial process within the context of a hypothetical case. Starting with the initial client interviews, class topics will include: (1) interrogatories; (2) requests for production; (3) discovery motions; (4) depositions; (5) pleadings; and (6) oral arguments. During the course students will be involved in simulated client contact, discovery proceedings, and motion arguments. Students will receive instruction on persuasive legal writing and oral advocacy and will prepare written motions and discovery documents.

PLS 2800 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Pre-Law Studies topics course, content varies by section and semester.

PLS 2970 - Directed Research

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

PLS 2980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-4 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

PLS 3000 - Alternative Dispute Resolution

Credit(s): 3 Credits

PLS 3100 - Introduction to Trial Advocacy

Credit(s): 2 Credits

This course teaches students how to prepare a legal case for a jury trial. Students learn the basic building blocks of a jury trial, the development of trial strategy, and the use of evidence at trial. The course focuses on advocacy techniques and the application of those techniques to the court setting. In conjunction with this course, students are required to simultaneously enroll in PLS-3200 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy Lab) where students will use the techniques in a practical setting as members of the undergraduate mock trial teams.

PLS 3200 - Introduction to Trial Advocacy Lab

Credit(s): 0-2 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Students apply jury trial techniques learned in PLS-3100 (Introduction to Trial Advocacy). Students are introduced to, and participate in, mock trial competitions sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association as members of the undergraduate mock trial teams representing Saint Louis University. Students act as both attorneys and witnesses in the mock trial setting to further their understanding of the jury trial process.

Prerequisite(s): PLS 3100*
* Concurrent enrollment allowed.

PLS 3400 - Trial Advocacy Practicum Lab

Credit(s): 0-2 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Students explore trial advocacy at an advanced level by participating in mock trial competitions sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association as both witnesses and attorneys.

Prerequisite(s): PLS 3100; PLS 3200

PLS 3500 - Introduction to Environmental Law

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will provide an overview of environmental law. The course will address the following environmental laws: common law environmental remedies; National Environmental Policy Act; the Clean Air Act; the Water Pollution Act; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); the Endangered Species Act; Toxic Substances Control Act; and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The students will be taught the basic provisions of these laws and how to identify when factual situations trigger the application, requirements, and restriction of these laws.

PLS 3900 - Intro to Appellate Advocacy

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the role of appellate courts in the American justice system. Students learn and apply the basic elements of appellate argument including brief writing and oral advocacy. Students use a case problem to explore written and oral advocacy techniques in the court of appeals. Students prepare and present an oral argument at the end of the semester based upon the case problem.

PLS 3930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

PLS 3935 - Issues in Health Law

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course provides the opportunity to explore basic law as it applies to health-related issues and the health-care community. Special emphasis will be given to those laws that directly affect health-care businesses and care delivery such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The student will also be introduced to the concepts of medical ethics and will explore the interplay between law and major ethical issues in health care. This is a rotating course that will address various areas of law. Possible courses include Sports Law and Race, Gender and Justice. This course cannot substitute for MGT 2000.

PLS 3980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1-3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

PLS 4910 - Legal Internship

Credit(s): 1-6 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

Interns work in private legal service agency and federal, local, and state judicial systems. In selecting their internships, students are directed by the Pre-Law program and the Political Science department. Ideal for students interested in a legal career. Students MUST have secured their internship before enrolling in this course. If the student has any questions, please contact the Pre-Law program.

Prerequisite(s): PLS 1000; PLS 2000

PLS 4930 - Special Topics

Credit(s): 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)

PLS 4960 - Comparative Legal Systems

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course will build on the student's understanding of the American system of law. This course will broaden student's perspective of legal systems beyond their region. The student will also learn more about their own jurisdiction within the context of this global system. We will offer two different sections of this course which we will alternate. One section will focus on religious law. The other section will focus on a comparative analysis of nation-state's laws.

PLS 4965 - Foundations of Law

Credit(s): 3 Credits

This course is open to Pre-Law Scholars. Pre-Law students who have a GPA of 3.60 or higher can petition the course instructor for inclusion in the course. This is a seminar conducted by faculty of the School of Law. A final paper and class participation are major determinants of the grade.

PLS 4980 - Independent Study

Credit(s): 1 or 3 Credits (Repeatable for credit)