Minor Overview

Our legal landscape is constantly evolving, reflecting society’s ever-changing values and in response to new issues facing citizens, companies and organizations. From entrepreneurs to social workers and media professionals—everyone can benefit from a thorough understanding of the law. In this minor, you’ll gain the knowledge and rhetorical skills necessary to protect your individual rights, conduct business and work within the law.

Requirements in legal writing and logical reasoning develop your ability to think and communicate effectively, and also enable you to understand a range of complex legal procedures and documents. Courses examine issues of justice, equality and human rights on both a domestic and global scale, as well as the tension between the rights of individuals and the public interest. Electives covering such topics as business law, health care law and negotiations allow you to tailor the minor to your professional goals. The minor is not designed to prepare students to work at paralegals and is not ABA approved.

Curriculum and Requirements

Law in Society Minor Curriculum

Required courses
LE 101Introduction to the American Legal System3
LE 211Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing I3
Elective courses
Select 12 credits of LE courses. At least 6 credits must be at the 300 level 112
Total Credits18

Electives may be taken from all legal studies courses, except LE 485; minors may not take LE 485.

Students must meet the prerequisites for elective courses.

Other courses that may be used as electives
No more than one from this list:
BLW 221Business Law and Society3
MSS 340Communications Law and Policy3
PL 103Logical Reasoning3

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