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You don't have to be a lawyer to be interested in the law. A minor in legal studies can prepare you for law school or life as a conscientious global citizen.
Want to know the secret to getting into law school?
Studying what you love.
And if the law is truly what you love, then a minor in legal studies is a great step for whatever career path you choose.
Legal studies is not a prelaw program, but an introduction to the nature and function of law. We look at cultural differences to law and are engaged in law-related activities on and off campus.
Law schools want well-rounded students who can communicate effectively through writing and speaking, while also thinking analytically. You'll get that here. Our liberal arts and science curriculum features challenging classes and a new perspective on the law for any career you choose.
The legal studies minor is not to be regarded as a prelaw program but is designed to be compatible with and complement various major programs, including those that remain traditional foundations for careers in law. Students planning a legal studies minor should declare their intention during their sophomore year to ensure that the required courses will fit into their program.
To complete the 24-semester-hour minor in legal studies, students must take the following courses: ACCT-210 Legal Environment, POLI-215 Law and Politics, and one of the following: SOCI-255 Crime and Justice, SOCI-350 Punishment and Society, or SOCI-405 Law and Society. Twelve additional semester hours must be selected from the following (at least one of these electives must be at the 300 or 400 level and not already counted toward one of the above requirements): ACCT-220 Introduction to Taxation; ACCT-310 Advanced Business Law; ANTH-311 Regulating Bodies; COMM-481 Media Law; ENST-335 Environmental Laws and Regulations; PHIL-125 Justice; PHIL-122 Resolving Moral Conflicts; POLI-334 International Organizations and Law; POLI-411 Constitutional Law; POLI-412 Civil Liberties; SOCI-255 Crime and Justice; SOCI-350 Punishment and Society; SOCI-405 Law and Society; and LGST-505 Internship in Legal Studies. Other courses may count as electives with the approval of the legal studies coordinator. Students minoring in legal studies are urged to take additional courses in history, economics, sociology, political science and other related fields.
Further information may be secured from Assistant Professor of Political Science Alison Merrill, coordinator of the legal studies program.
Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: only 8 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major.
Gain invaluable real-world experience as you take an up-close look at the criminal justice system with the help of our Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society.
The center helps students land internships and do field research that impacts law enforcement both locally and throughout the country.Learn More