Clear reasoning, mature balance of judgment and an ability to appreciate and articulate the problems involved in the administration of justice are essential to a sound paralegal education. According to the Association of American Law Schools these qualities “are not the monopoly of any one subject-matter area or department, nor certainly any particular course or combination of courses.” Students may meet the academic requirements for admission to Law School upon satisfactory completion of any of the degree programs in the Woods College of Advancing Studies.
Professors: Kristin Bullwinkel, A.B. Smith, J.D. Suffolk; Martin Kane II, A.B., J.D. Boston College; Judge James Menno, Probate and Family Court, A.B., Ph.L., J.D. Boston College.
ADLA 110101 Law for the Layperson
It is often said we are a society of law and not people. This course examines how the law affects individual lives. After an introduction to the legal system, the class deals with citizen’s rights and responsibilities under the U.S. Constitution. Topics include constitutional law, basic contract problems, criminal law, issues of fraud and privacy in an electronic age, developments in simplifying legal concepts, property, tort as well as family, juvenile and business law.
Fall, Thurs 6:30–9, Sept 4–Dec 11, Professor Kane
STOKES HALL 115N
ADPS139001 Psychology in Law
Understanding the relationship between law and psychology in the U.S. in integral to both disciplines. Both the law and psychology affect, and are affected by each other as well as other disciplines. The relationship has been and continues to be an evolutionary one. This course shall explore the law-psychology relationship through readings and cases. Complex issues with no easy solutions will challenge students. Just some of the topics to be covered will be jury selection and psychology, expert witnesses, eyewitnesses, and the use of scientific evidence.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Professor Bullwinkel
STOKES HALL 301N
ADPL354001 Law and Morality
What is the relationship between man-made law created by the courts and the legislature and religious values? Is there a religious and moral foundation to our civil law in the United States? What do we do when confronted by a "wrong" law such as segregation? How do we determine if a law is wrong? Should religious and moral codes be part of the fabric of decisional case law? This course will compare the classic moral thinking of such authors as Plato, Aquinas, Mill and Locke to actual Constitutional decisions on such issues as the war on terror, capital punishment, gay marriage, sexual privacy, immigration, freedom of religion, abortion and the right to refuse medical treatment.
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor Menno
STOKES HALL 209S