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Legal Studies Minor

Law and Justice

The study of law and justice is built on a long and diverse heritage, deeply rooted in the study of the humanities. Law is central to everything we do in life, and in many ways it defines who we are as a people. In keeping with the Jesuit tradition, the goal of this program is to encourage a sustained reflection on fundamental values.

This interdisciplinary minor program allows students the freedom to sample from a wide variety of courses to pursue specific interests within the organizing framework of the law. This program has four overarching objectives:

  • Provide students with a broad knowledge of various judicial systems, laws, legal processes and procedures for a fundamental understanding of justice and the law.
  • Provide students with the written, oral, and research skills to communicate effectively in the legal environment and the critical legal reasoning skills to analyze laws and legal opinions.
  • Analyze and understand contemporary issues from an ethical, legal perspective.
  • Provide backgrounds in ethics, humanities, jurisprudence in order to make students effective advocates of social justice.

It should be made clear that this program is not intended to be a pre-law minor. Pre-law students should continue to receive advice from the pre-law advisers in their departments.

About Legal Studies

Law is central to everything we do in life, and in many ways its relationship with justice defines who we are as a people. This interdisciplinary minor provides students with a broad knowledge of various judicial systems, the skills required to communicate in a legal environment, the ability to analyze and understand contemporary legal issues, and a background in ethics, humanities, and jurisprudence in order to help them become effective advocates of social justice. This program is not intended to be a pre-law minor.

The Legal Studies minor requires students to take seven courses, spread across at least two colleges and three departments. No more than two courses may come from the same department. Students may not use a course from their major to fulfill a minor requirement.

Requirements

See an overview of the program's curriculum and requirements.