Minor in Law in Society

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

Course Structure

Required courses

LE 101

Introduction to the American Legal System


LE 211

Legal Reasoning, Research and Writing I


Elective courses

Select 12 credits of LE courses. At least 6 credits must be at the 300 level 1


Total Credits


1 Electives may be taken from all legal studies courses, except LE 485.

Students must meet the prerequisites for elective courses.

Other Elective Courses

No more than one from this list:

EN 372

Law in Literature


LW 221

Business Law and Society


LW 322

The Law of Property, Sales and Negotiable Instruments


MSS 340

Communications Law and Policy


PL 202

Logical Reasoning


PS 383

Psychology and the Law


SO 383

Sociology of Law