Interdisciplinary Programs & Minors

Legal Studies Minor Requirements

Most of the nation’s law schools reject the idea of a rigid pre-law curriculum as a means of preparing for entrance into law school. The undergraduate pre-law student is actually working toward two different objectives: vigorous academic preparation for law school and an undergraduate education that will complement the law degree once obtained.

The type of undergraduate degree pursued may depend on the type of law in which you intend to specialize. For example, if you want to become a tax attorney, you might concentrate in accounting and economics. If copyright law interests you, an undergraduate degree in music or art would be beneficial. Those students interested in law school as a prelude to government service or politics may want to pursue an undergraduate degree in political science. Many students do not have a particular field of law identified prior to entering college. For such students, a broad liberal arts preparation is important. All pre-law students should be aware that communications skills are very important, and for this reason, courses in English, speech, and foreign languages should be considered.

Legal Studies Minor

The Legal Studies Minor is a program offered by the Legal Studies Department that allows the student to gain a valuable insight into substantive law courses. Many of the Legal Studies courses serve as previews to the courses offered in law schools.

A Legal Studies Minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits chosen from the Legal Studies courses (41 prefix), with at least 9 of the 18 credits at the 300 level or higher. Note that only one of the introductory courses (41.261, 41.262) may be credited toward the minor.

Professors of Legal Studies, in their advisory roles, will tailor the student’s Legal Studies Minor to complement the student’s major. For example, an Accounting major might take the following as his or her Legal Studies courses: Introduction to Business Law, Corporate and Property Law, Law for the CPA and Pre-Law Student, The Legal Environment of Business, Business Planning, and Federal Income Tax Law.

Six of the following courses are required for the Legal Studies Minor, with 3 of the 6 courses at the 300 level or higher. For further information, inquire at the Legal Studies Office in Falmouth 302.

  • 41.102 The Development of the American Legal System
  • 41.103 Introduction to Paralegal Studies
  • 41.199 Introduction to Legal Studies (General)
  • 41.210 Restorative Justice
  • 41.234 Criminal Law
  • 41.250 Disability and the Law 
  • 41.261 Introduction to Legal Concepts
  • 41.262 Introduction to Business Law
  • 41.287 Legal Writing
  • 41.299 Legal Studies (General)
  • 41.360 Legal Issues in Racism
  • 41.363 Corporate and Property Law
  • 41.364 Law for the CPA and Pre-Law Student
  • 41.365 The Legal Environment of Business
  • 41.366 International Law
  • 41.367 Environmental Law
  • 41.368 Employment and Labor Law
  • 41.369 The Courts and    the Constitution
  • 41.370 Real Estate Law
  • 41.371 Legal Issues in Health Care
  • 41.372 Sports, Entertainment and Art Law
  • 41.373 Consumer Law
  • 41.374 Computers and the Law
  • 41.375 Securities Regulation
  • 41.376 Family Law
  • 41.377 Elder Law 
  • 41.378 Comparative European Community Law
  • 41.379 The Relationship of Law, Logic, and Ethics
  • 41.381 Women and the Law
  • 41.382 Business Planning
  • 41.383 Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 41.384 State and Local Taxation
  • 41.385 Immigration Law
  • 41.386 Intellectual Property
  • 41.387 Legal Research Methods
  • 41.388 Directed Study: Law
  • 41.390 Litigation
  • 41.391 Federal Income Tax Law
  • 41.392 Wills, Trusts and Estates
  • 41.395 Bankruptcy Law
  • 41.488 Directed Study in Law - Seminar in Law
  • 41.489 Seminar in the Law
  • 41.490 Legal Aspects of Cyberspace
  • 41.497 The Paralegal Practicum
To learn more please visit the Legal Studies Department website.