Legal Studies

Minor in Legal Studies

UMass Lowell's minor in Legal Studies program is designed for students across all department majors who are seeking to gain a greater understanding of the role of law in our society. The law is central to theories, concepts, rules and research in all acedemic programs. The program is not just for students who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in law or a law-related career. While many students with a Legal Studies minor attend law school following graduation or pursue a career in the law, the program also produces well-rounded, broadly educated adults that are prepared for the very complex and ever-changing world that we live in.

Skill Development
Pre-Law Curriculum
Career Opportunities

Skill Development

The minor in Legal Studies program focuses on developing and enhancing skills in critical thinking; issue perception, analysis, and solution; written and oral communication; and electronic legal research. In response to technological innovations, growth of e-commerce and demands of the regional economy, UMass Lowell offers a variety of challenging law courses designed to familiarize students with diverse, domestic, and global legal and ethical concepts. 

Pre-Law Curriculum

There is no one particular undergraduate major, minor or course study recommended by law schools. The faculty of the Legal Studies Minor Program at UMass Lowell recommends students select courses in the following broad areas: Communication (reading, writing, speaking, and persuasion), Foundation (economics, political science, management, history, and philosophy), Observation (science, mathematics, engineering, art, and music) and Law (legal studies and criminal justice). Visit the Pre-Law program for more information.

Legal Studies Faculty

The UMass Lowell Legal Studies full and part-time faculty members either possess doctorates in law or are lawyers with extensive practical legal experience. They bring their real-world expertise directly into the Legal Studies' classroom. The core full-time faculty, consisting of Legal Studies Program Director, Michael Jones and professors Russ Karl, Walter Toomey and Michelle Bazin collectively have extensive experience in practicing and teaching law. The Legal Studies faculty are members of the Department of Economics. 

The Legal Studies faculty is renowned for scholarly pursuits including publications of textbooks, articles in academic law journals, and commentary in general circulation publications. Members of the Legal Studies faculty have presented lectures and academic paper at leading law conferences and universities throughout the world. 

All Legal Studies full-time faculty members are available to advise and assist students in designing a pre-law course of study. Providing information on taking the LSAT examination, attending local Law School Forums, and applying to law schools is an integral part of the mission of the Legal Studies faculty.

Student Opportunities

The Legal Studies minor program offers students the opportunity to add valuable internship or service learning experience to the academic experience at UML.

Under faculty tutelage, students may conduct advanced study of a topic in law. For example, an honors undergraduate legal studies student assisted Professor Jones in researching and analyzing the impact of Title IX on college swimming programs. The final report was presented as written testimony before the President's Commission on Title IX, Washington, D.C.

Students interested in pursuing a directed study must first submit a proposal in writing to an appropriate faculty member and receive approval from the faculty member before registering. 

Career Opportunities

A clear understanding of the legal and ethical implications of decisions made by businesses, government entities, cultural institutions, and individuals is a necessity in today's world. Students who minor in legal studies will possess the necessary knowledge and skill to function as inquisitive, ethically responsible persons in our ever-changing high-technology society.

Career paths open to Legal Studies students include law school, criminal justice graduate school, business school, law enforcement, dispute resolution and mediation, contract negotiation, probation officers, judicial administration law office administrators, legal assistants and compliance officials, among others. 

Link to course requirements.