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  • Curriculum: Applied Research Track

    Core

    LS 500: LEGAL METHODS AND PROCESS (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the legal sys­tem. The course will examine the organization of the court system, the different types and sources of the law, the roles of professionals in the legal system, and the way the law is created. Students will study the parallel court system in the federal and state system, as well as the development of rulings and procedures of administrative agencies. In addition, the course will explore laws made in a legislative body.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 698: Applied Research combines research and writing skills with application in a professional setting. This is a capstone course.

    LS 501: ETHICS AND THE PROFESSIONAL (5 Credits)

    This course will explore the concept of ethics and its relationship to the professional. The course will examine concepts of normative ethics, professional behavior and moralistic ethics, and the relationship of ethical decision making to institutions and organizations in society. The focus will be on general ethical principles and the determination of fundamental and common values in society that govern societal institutions.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 698: Applied Research combines research and writing skills with application in a professional setting. This is a capstone course.

    LS 502: LEGAL RESEARCH, ANALYSIS, AND WRITING (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on reading, analyzing, and applying the law found in a variety of legal sources including cases, statutes, administrative rulings, and journal articles. Topics will include methods to analyze cases to determine the facts, issues, analysis, and holdings of a case as well as determining the meaning and purpose of statutes, legislative enactments, and administrative rulings. Students will engage in a variety of legal writing, including case briefs, memoranda, and opinions, and will engage in computerized research and develop skills in writing as well as proper citation of legal materials.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 698: Applied Research combines research and writing skills with application in a professional setting. This is a capstone course.

    LS 503: JURISPRUDENCE AND LEGAL HISTORY (5 Credits)

    This course will provide students with a view of the sources and historical development of legal principles as well as the philosophical foundations of American legal principles. Students will develop an understanding of significant trends in American legal history as well as current trends in development of law and the philosophy of the law that is the underpinning of many public policy actions.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 698: Applied Research combines research and writing skills with application in a professional setting. This is a capstone course.

    LS 504: APPLIED RESEARCH IN LEGAL STUDIES (5 Credits)

    In the first of two courses in applied research in legal studies, students will be introduced to applied research within the profession, which encourages adoption of the role of a reflective practitioner who seeks to simultaneously understand and change the professional setting. Students will examine the history of applied research and the intersection of applied research and experimental research. This study allows participants to develop an understanding of the processes and how they can impact their own professional setting.

    Prerequisites Required: Third to last term

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 698: Applied Research combines research and writing skills with application in a professional setting. This is a capstone course.

    LS 526: ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (5 Credits)

    Writing effectively and accurately is a necessary skill in the academic and professional worlds. Academic and Professional Writing for Graduate Students is designed to prepare students for the demands of academic and professional writing in their coursework, professional career, and for their final capstone/research paper. Students will learn to communicate complex and difficult material clearly to a wide variety of expert and nonexpert readers, and write for the kinds of audiences that they will encounter as professionals and who rely on the words on the page to make meaning. This course will introduce students to the basic elements of academic and professional writing at the holistic and sentence level. Students will gain an understanding of audience and purpose, as well as the graduate research, writing, and formatting process. Emphasis is placed on citing and quoting primary materials, organization strategies, and grammar, editing, and usage so that students hone and fine-tune their writing skills.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 698: Applied Research combines research and writing skills with application in a professional setting. This is a capstone course.

    LS 698: APPLIED RESEARCH (5 Credits)

    Students experience the art and science of applied research while they develop the tools of reflective inquiry and collaborative practice. Students will engage in analysis of current issues and challenges to explore and practice applied research methods as a logical extension of professional practice. Integral to this process is the examination of both informal and systematic ways to ask and answer questions. Students will design a research plan for their own applied research project. 

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS 504

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 698: Applied Research combines research and writing skills with application in a professional setting. This is a capstone course.

    LS 509: CONTRACTS AS PRIVATE LAW (5 Credits)

    This course will deal with the concept of the contract as a tool in a society of individuals to establish private law through agreement. Students will study basic elements of the contract including offer and acceptance, damages, and restitution as well as the relationship of the contract as a foundational aspect of societal institutions and organization and the philosophical underpinnings of the contract as an interface between law and society.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    LS 508: FAMILY AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course explores a myriad of family law issues in the legal system. These issues include children's rights, shared custody, privacy rights relative to domestic relations, same-sex marriage, and interracial adoptions, among others. This course is vital to any legal studies professional, as it discusses the various concepts and roles that a professional can encounter in the field of family law.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    LS 506: UNDERSTANDING CIVIL RESPONSIBILITY (5 Credits)

    This course explores the resolution of private disputes between citizens and institutions in society. You will study the methods established by society for the measure of appropriate conduct in personal and institutional relationships. You will also study the process provided for the resolution of those disputes and the remedies in place in society for the violation of those measures.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    LS 507: UNDERSTANDING CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY (5 Credits)

    This course explores the processes of establishing individual responsibility for violation of individual societal standards of behavior and the remedies for violations of those standards. Students will study the requisite state of mind necessary to prove criminal conduct, the specific types of crimes, punishments for crimes, and defenses. Students will also study the impact of criminal conduct and standards on societal institutions and organizations.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    Total Core Credits: 40
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 698: Applied Research combines research and writing skills with application in a professional setting. This is a capstone course.

    Open Electives

    500/600 LEVEL: LEGAL STUDIES ELECTIVES (15 Credits)

    Total Open Electives Credits: 15
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Core

    LS 500: LEGAL METHODS AND PROCESS (5 Credits)

    This course introduces students to the legal sys­tem. The course will examine the organization of the court system, the different types and sources of the law, the roles of professionals in the legal system, and the way the law is created. Students will study the parallel court system in the federal and state system, as well as the development of rulings and procedures of administrative agencies. In addition, the course will explore laws made in a legislative body.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 501: ETHICS AND THE PROFESSIONAL (5 Credits)

    This course will explore the concept of ethics and its relationship to the professional. The course will examine concepts of normative ethics, professional behavior and moralistic ethics, and the relationship of ethical decision making to institutions and organizations in society. The focus will be on general ethical principles and the determination of fundamental and common values in society that govern societal institutions.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 502: LEGAL RESEARCH, ANALYSIS, AND WRITING (5 Credits)

    This course focuses on reading, analyzing, and applying the law found in a variety of legal sources including cases, statutes, administrative rulings, and journal articles. Topics will include methods to analyze cases to determine the facts, issues, analysis, and holdings of a case as well as determining the meaning and purpose of statutes, legislative enactments, and administrative rulings. Students will engage in a variety of legal writing, including case briefs, memoranda, and opinions, and will engage in computerized research and develop skills in writing as well as proper citation of legal materials.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 503: JURISPRUDENCE AND LEGAL HISTORY (5 Credits)

    This course will provide students with a view of the sources and historical development of legal principles as well as the philosophical foundations of American legal principles. Students will develop an understanding of significant trends in American legal history as well as current trends in development of law and the philosophy of the law that is the underpinning of many public policy actions.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 526: ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS (5 Credits)

    Writing effectively and accurately is a necessary skill in the academic and professional worlds. Academic and Professional Writing for Graduate Students is designed to prepare students for the demands of academic and professional writing in their coursework, professional career, and for their final capstone/research paper. Students will learn to communicate complex and difficult material clearly to a wide variety of expert and nonexpert readers, and write for the kinds of audiences that they will encounter as professionals and who rely on the words on the page to make meaning. This course will introduce students to the basic elements of academic and professional writing at the holistic and sentence level. Students will gain an understanding of audience and purpose, as well as the graduate research, writing, and formatting process. Emphasis is placed on citing and quoting primary materials, organization strategies, and grammar, editing, and usage so that students hone and fine-tune their writing skills.

    Prerequisites Required:

    None

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 602: COMPREHENSIVE EXAM CAPSTONE (5 Credits)

    As a final step in the Master of Science in Legal Studies, students may choose the nonthesis option and successfully complete a comprehensive exam. This comprehensive exam incorporates the program outcomes of the Master of Science in Legal Studies program. This exam is designed to carefully assess a student’s overall learning in the program. Successful completion of the exam allows both student and faculty to measure and acknowledge a successful learning experience for the student.

    Prerequisites Required: Last term

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    LS 509: CONTRACTS AS PRIVATE LAW (5 Credits)

    This course will deal with the concept of the contract as a tool in a society of individuals to establish private law through agreement. Students will study basic elements of the contract including offer and acceptance, damages, and restitution as well as the relationship of the contract as a foundational aspect of societal institutions and organization and the philosophical underpinnings of the contract as an interface between law and society.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    LS 508: FAMILY AND THE LEGAL SYSTEM (5 Credits)

    This course explores a myriad of family law issues in the legal system. These issues include children's rights, shared custody, privacy rights relative to domestic relations, same-sex marriage, and interracial adoptions, among others. This course is vital to any legal studies professional, as it discusses the various concepts and roles that a professional can encounter in the field of family law.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    LS 506: UNDERSTANDING CIVIL RESPONSIBILITY (5 Credits)

    This course explores the resolution of private disputes between citizens and institutions in society. You will study the methods established by society for the measure of appropriate conduct in personal and institutional relationships. You will also study the process provided for the resolution of those disputes and the remedies in place in society for the violation of those measures.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    LS 507: UNDERSTANDING CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY (5 Credits)

    This course explores the processes of establishing individual responsibility for violation of individual societal standards of behavior and the remedies for violations of those standards. Students will study the requisite state of mind necessary to prove criminal conduct, the specific types of crimes, punishments for crimes, and defenses. Students will also study the impact of criminal conduct and standards on societal institutions and organizations.

    Prerequisites Required:

    LS  500

    Total Core Credits: 35
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Open Electives

    500/600 LEVEL: LEGAL STUDIES ELECTIVES (20 Credits)

    Total Open Electives Credits: 20
    Total Program Credits: 55

    Tuition & Fees: Applied Research Track

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

    The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible. 

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    Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), 2009-2010, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees Conferred, Law and Legal Studies on the Internet at http://nces.ed.gov/IPEDS. Based on total number of degrees granted by Kaplan University compared to other Title IV degree-granting institutions. 

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