Legal Studies

Minor in Legal Studies

UMass Lowell's minor in Legal Studies 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 academic programs. The Legal Studies Minor 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

The Legal Studies Program focuses on developing and enhancing skills in critical thinking, issue perception, analysis, and the development of innovative and effective solutions, as well as written and oral communication and electronic legal research. These skills are valuable in any field, and they are in very high demand in the business and legal employment markets worldwide.

Pre-Law Curriculum

There is no one particular undergraduate major, minor or course study recommended by law schools. The faculty of the Legal Studies Program at UMass Lowell recommend that students select courses in the following broad areas: communication (reading, writing, speaking, and persuasion), foundations (economics, political science, management, history, and philosophy), observation and analysis (science, mathematics, and engineering), creative arts (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 and have varied and extensive practical legal experiences. They bring their real-world expertise directly into the Legal Studies classroom. The Legal Studies faculty are members of the Department of Economics, and they are renowned for scholarly pursuits including publication of textbooks, articles in academic law journals, and involvement in various legal conferences and organizations with activities 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 student's final report was presented as written testimony before the President's Commission on Title IX in 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 services, judicial administration, law office administration, compliance, management, paralegal positions, and others. 

View the course requirements.

For the latest course requirements, information and more please consult the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog.