Welcome to Undergraduate Legal Studies at Rutgers in Newark. The following courses will be offered during the 2017-2018 academic year:

Fall 2017:

1. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, 3 credits (43:600:110) with Professors Jim Pope and Rachel Godsil --Monday / Thursday: 1:00pm to 2:20pm

2. Islamic Jurisprudence, 3 credits (43:600:107) with Professor Abed Awad--Monday / Thursday: 1:00pm to 2:20pm

3. Sports Law, 3 credits (43:600:111) with Professor Andrew Bondarowicz--Tuesday: 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Spring 2018:

1. Introduction to American Law, 3 credits (43:600:101) with Professor Bernard Bell--Tuesday / Thursday: 2:30pm to 3:50pm

2. Islamic Finance and Banking Law, 3 credits (43:600:108) with Professor Abed Awad--Time TBA

3. Survey of American Business Law, 3 credits (43:600:102) with Professors Sabrina Safrin and Chrystin Ondersma--Time TBA

All courses will be taught at the Law School in the Center for Law and Justice, located at 123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ. Room assignments to be announced.

Undergraduate Legal Studies - Newark Course Descriptions:

Introduction to American Law (3 credits): course number: 43:600:101

Introduction to American Law is intended for students interested in learning about the American legal system, including those who seek a career in criminal justice, court administration, legislative process, or who want to attend law school. The course will cover a broad array of topics, including: (1) basic jurisprudence and sociology of law; (2) reading a case; (3) institutional sources of law; (4) the judicial system and judicial remedies; (5) constitutions and legislation; (6) procedure (civil and criminal); (7) limitations in obtaining relief; (8) introduction to substantive law: criminal law, tort law, contract law, property law, family law, and administrative law; (9) alternative dispute resolution; and (10) legal ethics.

Survey of American Business Law (3 credits): course number: 43:600:102

Survey of American Business Law surveys the law of business and commerce in the United States. Designed for students intending to pursue a career in business, the course objective is to impart a foundational understanding of (1) the legal framework governing business transactions; (2) systems that regulate the right to payment; and (3) rules that both impose and limit liability for failure to meet a contractual obligation. Coverage will focus on the law of contracts, including the elements required for an enforceable agreement, remedies for breach of contract, sale and lease agreements, negotiable instruments (e.g., checks and promissory notes), credit and collection systems, bankruptcy, and the corporate form.

Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3 credits): course number: 43:600:104

Constitutional Criminal Procedure surveys the law of criminal procedure in the United States. Designed for students who are studying political science, criminal justice, or other law-related courses, the objective is to impart a foundational understanding of (1) the legal framework of the criminal process; (2) cases, mostly from the United States Supreme Court, that regulate police investigation and the processing of criminal cases. Coverage includes search and seizure, interrogation, eyewitness identification, bail, plea bargaining, preparing for trial, the right to counsel, and the trial process.

Criminal Law (3 credits): course number: 43:600:105

Criminal Law examines substantive criminal law (as opposed to criminal procedure). The topics covered include: (1) the constitutional limitations of criminal law; (2) punishment and sentencing; (3) the requirements for criminal liability (the actus reus, mens rea, concurrence, causation); (4) parties to crime; (5) attempt, conspiracy, and solicitation; (6) justification and excuse; (7) homicide, sex offenses and other offenses against the person; (8) burglary, trespass, arson; (9) crimes against public order and morality; and (10) property crimes.

Animals: Ethics and Law (3 credits): course number: 43:600:106

Animals: Ethics and Law examines various ethical theories that concern the use and treatment of nonhuman animals by humans. These theories include: (1) the position that animals do not matter morally; (2) the animal welfare position, which maintains that animals have moral value but that humans can use animals as resources as long as they treat animals “humanely”; and (3) the animal rights or abolitionist position, which maintains that we cannot justify animal use. The course will also cover legal efforts to regulate animal use and efforts to achieve “humane” treatment. We will see how the ethical issues influence legal doctrines that concern animals and how the legal status of animals as property influences our moral thinking about animals.

Islamic Jurisprudence (3 credits): course number: 43:600:107

Islamic Jurisprudence, also called Sharia, is the moral code governing Muslim conduct. Sharia's moral code, based on the principles of the Quran and the example of the Prophet Muhammad, is more than law in the prescriptive sense. It is also the methodology for ascertaining God's moral guide to ethical living, a process in constant evolution. The diversity of views and interpretations are celebrated across the religion.

This survey course includes into two parts. In Part I, we will study the history, theory and sources of Islamic Jurisprudence. After a brief history of Islam and Sharia, we will delve into the basic method of reading the Quran and the Hadith. With the knowledge of reading texts, students move to learning the analytical tools utilized by the Muslim jurists to search for God's moral guidance. From Qiyas (reasoning by analogy) to Hermeneutics, students will engage in the process of searching for God's moral guide to ethical living.

In Part II, we will apply these principles in several substantive areas: family law, inheritance law, criminal law, property and ownership law and Jihad. For millions of devout Muslims around the world and in the United States, Sharia governs everything from the way they eat to how they treat animals and protect the environment, to how they do business, how they marry, divorce and how their estate is distributed after death. We will examine these substantive areas within historical context and we will discuss whether applying the methodology learned in Part I would result in similar or different moral outcomes

from the pre-modern period. Finally, we will conclude the course with a survey of Islamic Law in American courts.

No previous familiarity with the field is necessary and there are no course prerequisites. All readings will be in English.

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3 credits): course number: 43:600:110

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties examines the history, meaning, and application of constitutional protections for civil right and civil liberties in the United States. Topics include the freedoms of speech and assembly, religious freedom, race equality, gender equality, voting rights, and the right to bear arms.

Sports Law (3 credits): course number: 43:600:111

Sports Law examines the key legal concepts applicable to the sports industry, sports transactions, and sports play. The sports industry has grown exponentially in the last century into a multi-billion dollar industry with growing legal complexities. Various legal concepts such as antitrust, contract law, agency, dispute resolution, torts and liability play an increasing role in the administration of sports at all levels.

This course will survey the key legal concepts involved in the staging and administration of professional and amateur sports, both domestically and internationally. Coverage includes: (1) consideration of the various legal organizational structures suitable for leagues, teams, and other parties involved in the sports industry; (2) collective bargaining law and its role in professional sports; (3) governance structures used by various sports leagues; (4) internal dispute resolution processes; (5) employment contracts; and (6) treatment of injuries. The course will place particular emphasis on how these legal constructs impact game play on the field. The course will culminate with an examination of other applications of law in the sports industry including the role of sports agents, contracts and negotiations, the financing of professional and collegiate sports, and the administration of the global sports enterprise.