Legal Studies

Erik Larson, Co-Director

Patrick Schmidt, Co-Director

Legal Studies Program

The Legal Studies program allows students to explore “law,” in all its meanings, through a variety of liberal arts perspectives. Instead of teaching law as a set of rules to learn, we look at the possibilities and limits of law in concept, in practice, in history, and around the world. The program features many challenging courses that draw students who simply find law a fascinating subject to explore, as well providing advising for those considering careers related to law.

Legal Studies Program

Structure of the Concentration

  1. With the assistance of a legal studies advisor from the legal studies steering committee, students will select six courses from those approved by the legal studies steering committee for their concentration in legal studies. Normally no more than two courses under the 400 level may be selected from any single department. It is vital to consult with an advisor affiliated with legal studies since the program offers a variety of special topics courses that count toward the concentration.
  2. One of the six required courses may be an internship related to the field of legal studies. This internship must be selected in consultation with the director or under the supervision of one of the affiliated faculty. Students must register for the internship through the department of the faculty member who supervises the internship.
Affiliated Courses

ENGL 265 - Justice 
HIST 248 - Jim Crow 
INTL 114 - Introduction to International Studies: International Codes of Conduct 
PHIL 121 - Ethics 
PHIL 224 - Philosophy of Law 
PHIL 225 - Ethics and the Internet 
PHIL 321 - Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy 
POLI 206 - US Constitutional Law and Thought 
POLI 207 - US Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 
POLI 212 - Rights and Wrongs: Litigation and Public Policy 
POLI 301 - Law, Economy, and Identity 
RUSS 270 - Wrongdoing in Russian Literature 
SOCI 190 - Criminal Behavior/Social Control 
SOCI 230 - Affirmative Action Policy 
SOCI 280 - Indigenous Peoples' Movements in Global Context 
SOCI 310 - Law and Society 
SOCI 370 - Political Sociology