The minor in legal studies offers a structured way for our undergraduates to study the law in the context of the liberal arts. The program is not intended as a “preparation” for law school, but rather as an introduction to the role of law and the legal system available to any student with an interest in this essential part of our social and political lives. At the same time, it provides a useful way for students planning to attend law school to organize a course of study that will help develop some of the skills, abilities, and knowledge helpful for success in law school. NOTE: The minor in legal studies is NOT required for students attending law school.
The courses that satisfy the minor are organized into two general categories - courses with a substantive focus in one or more aspects of the law, and supporting courses that emphasize key skills beneficial to the analysis of the law and the pursuit of a legal career. Students have to complete 16 semester hours in the first group and eight semester hours in the second group, for a total of 24 semester hours. Any suggestions for additional courses to be included in the minor should be sent to the chair of the program of Political Science.