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LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY (LPP)
Lori Johnson, Director/Professor of Political Science
 
The Political Science Department offers a major in Law and Public Policy that allows students to combine law and public policy classes with an emphasis on ethics. Many students are concerned about important challenges that face our society in the future such as climate change, availability of health care, budget deficits or the prevalence of terrorism. When courts, executives, agencies, or legislatures are involved in trying to address such social problems, we call what they do “public policy.”
Students who major in Law and Public Policy will develop the skills in analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving, oral communication, writing, and research needed to address these kinds of public policy issues. The major is not a “pre-law track” in the sense that students considering law school are required to take any of these courses. This major is, however, particularly well-suited to students who intend to pursue professional or career interests in policy-related fields such as law, government, public administration, health care or work with non-governmental organizations and nonprofit groups.
The completion of the interdisciplinary major in Law and Public Policy leads to the B.A. degree.
 
Major in Law and Public Policy
45 semester credit hours minimum
This major fulfills the CLA Additional Depth of Understanding requirement.
One course from
ECN 150. Principles of Microeconomics
ECN 151. Principles of Macroeconomics
LPP 344. Law, Public Policy, and Ethics
LPP 400. Practicum
LPP 497. Senior Colloquium
LPP 401. Research Project
PHI 180. Logic
PHI 195. Introduction to Ethics
POL 101. American Government
One course from:
POL 295. Research Methods
SOC 304. Introduction to Social Science Research Methods
POL 337. U.S. Legal System
One course from:
POL 348. Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Power
POL 349. Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
One Law course from:
BUS 346. Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Environment of Business
CRJ 370. Criminal Law
ECN 437. Law and Economics
JMS 401. Media Law
LPP 390. Special Topics in Law
PHI 235. Philosophy of Law
PHI/WGS 237. Gender, Philosophy, and Law
POL 330. Race, Law, and Politics
POL/WGS 332. Women, Law, and Politics
POL 348. Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers (if not taken as the requirement for POL 348 or 349 above)
POL 349. Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties (if not taken as the requirement for POL 348 or 349 above)
POL 354. International Law
SOC 367. Law and Society
One Public Policy course from:
GDS 301. Poverty Alleviation Models and Practices
GDS 390. Community Assets and Needs Assessments
GHS 350. Global Health Policy and Diplomacy
LPP 391. Special Topics in Policy
POL/WGS 314. Women in Developing Countries
POL 333. Southern Politics
POL 335. Congress and the Legislative Process
POL 336. Campaigns and Elections
POL/AFR 365. Environmental Politics and Policy
POL 351. American Foreign Policy
POL 355. International Conflict and Security
POL 356. The Politics of International Economic Relations
PSY 256. Forensic Psychology
SOC 225. Social Movements
SOC 325. Urban Ecology
SOC 360. Environmental Sociology
SOC/AFR 295. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
SOC/AFR/WGS 386. Race, Gender, and Crime
One Ethics course from:
REL 230. Approaches to Christian Ethics
REL 335. Christian Ethics in America
GDS 215. Ethics and Moral Leadership
JMS 400. Media Ethics
LPP 392. Special Topics in Ethics
PHI 293. Bioethics
PHI 296. Environmental Ethics
PHI 297. Global Ethics
PHI 295. Applied Topics in Ethics
PHI 393. Advanced Topics in Ethics
Two additional courses from the Law, Public Policy, or Ethics blocks.
At least 6 of the 15 hours from these blocks must be at the 300 level or above.
 
Minor in Law and Public Policy
18 semester credit hours minimum
LPP 344. Law, Public Policy, and Ethics
POL 337. U.S. Legal System
Four additional courses taken from any of the Law, Public Policy, or Ethics blocks listed above (courses may come from any combination of blocks)
 
LPP 198. Special Introductory Topics in Law and Public Policy: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Study of an introductory topic in Law and Public Policy not covered in any of the departmental offerings. This course may not be applied to the Law and Public Policy major or minor. (Occasionally)
LPP 290. Intercollegiate Mock Trial (1 hour)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Academic credit for those who actively participate in intercollegiate mock trial competitions. May be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit. Graded S/U. (Occasionally)
LPP 344. Law, Public Policy, and Ethics (3 hours)
(Same as POL 344)
Prerequisite: POL 101 or consent of instructor.
The interrelationship between law, public policy, and ethics. By in-depth examination of a series of case studies, the course provides an exploration of the legal, political, and ethical challenges raised by various public-policy questions. (Every year)
LPP 390. Special Topics in Law: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
A study of a significant topic in law that is not available through other regular department offerings. May be repeated with different topics.
LPP 391. Special Topics in Public Policy: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
A study of a significant topic in Public Policy that is not available through other regular department offerings. May be repeated with different topics.
LPP 392. Special Topics in Ethics: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
A study of a significant topic in Ethics that is not available through other regular department offerings. May be repeated with different topics.
LPP 397. Preceptorship (1-2 hours)
Prerequisite: permission of department chair.
Selected students will serve as learning facilitators in a class typically at the 100-200 level. Preceptors commonly attend all classes, read assigned texts, participate in class discussions, and take on other duties as assigned, but are not allowed to grade the work
of students enrolled in the course. Each preceptor will reflect on the preceptorship experience in accordance with departmental practices, usually by keeping a journal during the semester. At least three hours of work per week are required for every hour of credit. Successful completion of the course meets the EXP requirement (EXP 408). Graded S/U. May not be counted toward the major or minor. May be repeated once for a maximum of four credit hours. (As needed)
LPP 398. Internship in Law and Public Policy (1-3 hours)
Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, and permission of department chair.
An intensive practicum experience at an approved business, organization, or academic institution. Students, under the direction of a faculty member and an on-site supervisor, must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least three on-site hours per week for every hour of credit. Students will learn through observation, regular discussions with the on-site supervisor and Mercer faculty member, and written reflection. In addition, students may be required to attend training events, workshops, or weekly seminars. This course may be repeated for a total of 9 hours and does not count toward a major or minor in Law and Public Policy. Graded S/U. (Every year)
LPP 400. Practicum (3 hours)
Prerequisites: LPP 244, POL 337.
An approved service learning project or internship experience with an elected official, governmental agency, non-profit organization, law firm or other institution. Junior or senior level students, under the direction of the LPP Director and an on-site supervisor, are required to work at least nine on-site hours per week. Students will learn through observation, regular discussions with the on-site supervisor and Mercer faculty member, and written reflection on the legal, policy and ethical questions raised by their experiences. Graded S/U. (Every year)
LPP 401. Research Project (3 hours)
Prerequisite: LPP 400.
Students will complete a major research project (20-30 page paper) related to the field of Law, Public Policy and Ethics, suitable for presentation at BEAR Day or another academic conference. (Every year)
LPP 497. Senior Colloquium (0 hours)
(Same as POL 497)
Prerequisites: senior standing and declared LPP major.
An opportunity for graduating seniors to present the outcomes of their capstone experience to the departmental community. The colloquium typically meets 5-7 hours during the semester. (Every year)