There is an upswing in student interest in attending law school, and effective preparation for the rigors of that curriculum will be served by this course of study, which is directed to that purpose.
The study of the legal system, however, is of great importance for students who will pursue career paths other than formal legal training.
Those entering the world of business will soon appreciate that management decisions cannot be made effectively without an understanding of the legal environment of the time. Managers need to understand what lawyers can provide them as well as why the legal aspects of decisions are not always conclusive.
Those entering the government service at any level need to grasp that the infrastructure of government is cast in a legal framework.
For those who seek to effect social change, an understanding of the structure of the legal system and the mechanisms of change within it are crucial to bringing about a more just process for all concerned.
Legal Studies Minor students will complete the following courses (18 credits)
It is also strongly suggested that a student take EL 202 Intermediate Writing
*These courses cannot count toward the minor if they are also being taken to satisfy core curriculum requirements.
**Politics Majors must choose another Politics Course at the 300 level or higher (to be approved by the director), but not a course that they are counting as a general elective in the Politics Major.
***CLS Majors must choose another CLS course at the 300 level or higher (to be approved by the director), but not a course that they are counting as a general elective in the CLS Major.
****Students taking one of these elective courses for their major are required to take an additional course from this list.
Upon completion of the Legal Studies minor, students will be able to demonstrate that they are capable of: