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Lynn Crossett

Dr. BalanoffOffice:  UAC 355E
Phone:  512.245.2233

Curriculum Vitae

B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin
J.D., Texas Tech University

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Legal Studies Program

Dr. Lynn Crossett is an Associate Professor with the Political Science Department and has been with the University since Fall, 2001. He is currently the Director of the Legal Studies Program. Dr. Crossett is a graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law where he received his J.D in 1997, and the University Texas at Austin where he received a B.B.A. in Accounting in 1992. He is the co-author with William P. Statsky of The Texas Paralegal: Essential Rules, Documents, and Resources (Cengage 2009).


LS 5350 Legal Drafting
Study of legal drafting styles, forms and techniques, including legal document drafting, objective, informative document drafting, and persuasive-style drafting of trial and appellate briefs.

LS 5370 Advanced Legal Research & Writing
This course will be offered once a year and has three related components: (1) Refinement of skills in computer-assisted and manual legal research; (2) Legal analysis, legal writing, and organizing complex legal documents; (3) Techniques of persuasive argument; and (4) Applied research project, persuasive brief and oral examination of course work.

PS 5360 Advanced Litigation
Study of the use of the American legal system to resolve disputes between individuals and entities. Emphasis will be on trial advocacy planning, analysis, preparation, and strategy. Students will develop skills necessary to understand and to participate as an advocate in the trial process.

LS 5330 Legal Theories And Analysis
Study of statutory and case law development of basic legal theory including tort theory, contract theory, and evidence theory. Course is intended to assist the student in gaining knowledge of fundamental legal theory, reasoning, and analysis.

LS 5320 Legal Research
A study of the American and Texas legal system including the courts and legislature; primary and secondary sources of the law including finding tools; judicial reports including court, federal and state reports and citation forms, case finding including federal, state, and supreme court digests and encyclopedias; citations, such as Shepard Citations, and digests; annotated
law reports; legal periodicals, including periodical indexes and research procedure; the nature, function, and characteristics of treatises; research procedures; state and federal administrative law; federal, state, and local court rules; English legal research of great Britain and Canada; research aids.

LS 5389 Law Office Internship
Includes lecture and seminar discussion of topics relating to problems, procedures, and ethics in the legal-working environment. Student is involved in voluntary on-the-job internship consisting of approximately 10-15 hours a week to gain actual experience in the legal-working environment. Course is required unless the student has prior law-related experience and
has, with the permission of the program director, elected to take a practicum in lieu of the internship.

LS 5349 Business Organizations
A study of the federal and Texas law relative to corporations with particular emphasis on the preparation of initial and amended articles of incorporation, satisfaction of state filing requirements, preparations of drafts of stock certificates and securities, the maintaining of stock ledgers and books, the preparation of draft resolutions authorizing cash and stock dividends and stock splits, the drafting of employment agreements, and other activities necessary to the maintenance, merger, and closing corporations.

LS 5351 Estates and Trust
Study of Texas law regarding estates and trusts with emphasis on preparation of documents relating to the administration of estates.

LS 5340 Litigation
Study of statutory and case law relative to civil and criminal procedure in order to develop an understanding of litigation.

LS 5353 Real Estate
Study of Texas laws concerning real properties, conveyances, recordation, taxation, and sales regarding real property. Student will become familiar with various records maintained dealing with real property by public officials and will develop an understanding of the procedures by which titles are searched.