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Courses - Spring 2022
MLAW
MPower Undergraduate Law Programs
MLAW150
Law in a Just Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Restriction: Must be in the College Park Scholars - Justice and Legal Thought program.
An exploration of the theoretical questions relating to such fundamental questions of jurisprudence as "what is law?" and "how can law be deployed as both an enemy and ally of justice?
MLAW304
Introduction to Law and Social Inquiry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Restriction: Must be in the Law and Society (MLAW) minor.
An exploration of the relationship between law and society from an interdisciplinary perspective. Major themes cover the impact of law on society, society on law and social change.
An exploration of the relationship between law and society from an interdisciplinary perspective. Major themes cover the impact of law on society, society on law and social change.
MLAW305
Law and Legal Institutions in Social Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: MLAW304.
Restriction: Must be a student in the Law and Society Minor.
An exploration of case law, statutes, and regulations separately and together in their social context.
An analysis of the legal institutions of law through a social lens focusing on judicial interpretation, case law, statutes and regulations.
MLAW358B
Selected Topics in Law and Society; Social Injustice in Flint, Newark, and Baltimore
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
In thousands of communities across the United States, children are exposed to toxic substances such as lead. Places like Flint, Newark, and Baltimore have become infamous in recent years because so many "leadkids" live in each community - a reflection of the impact of lead in the municipal water supply, of leaded paint in older homes, and of contaminated soil left by toxic industries and leaded gasoline. No level of lead exposure is safe: even at extremely low levels, lead can cause a brain injury that affects a child cognitively, behaviorally, and physically. In this course, we will examine the many ways that social conditions leave children vulnerable to lead exposure and also deprive children, their families, and their communities of access to just responses.
MLAW358J
Selected Topics in Law and Society; Critical Issues in Healthcare
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
MLAW358T
Selected Topics in Law and Society; Tackling Trafficking: The Legal System's Responses to Human Trafficking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
An examination of domestic and international legal responses to the perpetration of the various forms of human trafficking. Students will explore policy initiatives along with civil and criminal law techniques designed to punish traffickers and protect victims.
MLAW358U
Selected Topics in Law and Society; The Politics of Immigration Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
MLAW358W
Selected Topics in Law and Society; Courts, Law and Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Must be enrolled in the Law and Society minor program. Cross-listed with GVPT331. Credit only granted for GVPT331 or MLAW358W.
MLAW358Y
Selected Topics in Law and Society; Civil Rights and the Constitution
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: GVPT170; and GVPT331 or MLAW358W. Restriction: Must be enrolled in the Law and Society minor program. Credit only granted for GVPT432 or MLAW358Y.

A study of civil rights in the American consitutional context, emphasizing freedom of religion, freedom of expression, minority discrimination, and the rights of defendants.
MLAW358Z
Selected Topics in Law and Society; Police Discretion and the 4th Amendment
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
An exploration of the power police officers display when they apply their discretion to stop, question or arrest individuals. Students will dissect State and Federal Court decisions regarding appropriate use of these powers sanctioned by the Fourth Amendment.
MLAW378B
(Perm Req)
Special topics in Law and Society; Law and Theories of Intersubjectivity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Permission of MLAW Dept. only.

The legacy of law in shaping social alienation, based on "fear of the other" will be explored. Generation upon generation of social movement have come with hope for society to transcend this fear of the other. This course will investigate the transformative potential of law and the challenges that are ingrained in legal structures.
MLAW378F
Special topics in Law and Society; Land, Shelter, and Social Justice
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
From the evolution of tenant rights in the 20th century to the mortgage crisis of 2008, housing and land rights and disputes have figured prominently in how societies are shaped and develop over time. This course aims to explore some aspects of the diverse and increasingly complex body of laws, policies, and attempted solutions related to housing and land in a largely unequal world and society. How has private land ownership changed societies in the modern era? What is the role of the state in addressing housing shortages and injustices related to land and housing? What does a fundamental human right to housing look like in the real world? These issues, and others, including urbanization, re-colonization, climate change, and discrimination form the core of a course that will provide students with both local, national and international perspectives on a fundamental issue for all humans living today - shelter and sustenance.
MLAW378G
Special topics in Law and Society; Law and Policy of Inner City Policing
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
MLAW388
Law and Society Internship
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restricted to students within the Law and Society minor.
MLAW404
Law & Society Capstone: Implications of Technology on Law & Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Restriction: Student must be enrolled in the Law and Society minor.
An exploration of the implications of technology on law and society from a variety of perspectives.Significant issues will be taken from contemporary scholarship and court cases.
MLAW411
Appellate Advocacy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
By the end of this class, and with proper supervision, students should be able to competently brief and argue an appeal before any appellate court in the country. the skills taught in this class also transfer to other contexts that demand clear legal analysis, efficient and comprehensive legal research, excellent writing and effective oral advocacy. For students interested in pre-law skills, whether they plan to go to law school or some career that requires analytical reasoning, persuasive writing, and advocacy skills.