Legal Studies Minor

Welcome

The College of Law is pleased that you are considering a Minor in Legal Studies. Our innovative interdisciplinary program gives you the opportunity to learn about the law, sharpen your mind, and explore topics in the law that matter to you. 

To finish the Legal Studies Minor, you will complete nine units (three classes) of core work that will introduce you to the law and explore some issues of current interest. You will then select one of three tracks to complete your remaining nine units. Each track offers you a different suite of engaging courses to choose from.

You can decide to focus on Law and Politics and study judicial politics, legal public policy, and the Constitution. Or, you can focus on Law and Cultures and explore legal issues affecting race, gender, minorities, immigrants, and human rights. If you are especially interested in environmental law, economics, and food sustainability, you can learn about these important topics in the Law and Economics of Food Security and Sustainability track. 

No matter which track you select, by the time you complete your Legal Studies minor, you will have flexed your critical thinking skills, developed your communication skills, and gained an understanding of how the law operates in our society.

Please reach out to lawundergrad@illinois.edu if you have any questions. My colleagues and I in the College of Law look forward to working with you.

Jennie Pahre
Director of Undergraduate Studies and Teaching Assistant Professor
University of Illinois College of Law

Program Description

The Legal Studies minor, administered by the College of Law, is designed to provide students with a better understanding of how the law operates in a variety of contexts and develop critical thinking skills. The minor requires 18 hours of credit, with nine hours of core courses taught by College of Law professors and affiliated faculty, and an additional nine hours in one of three tracks: 1) Law & Politics; 2) Law & Cultures; or 3) Law & Economics of Food Security and Sustainability.

6 credit hours must be in 300- or 400- level courses. Other qualifying 300- or 400- level courses may be approved in consultation with the minor advisor. Students must have completed 30 credit hours prior to application, have Academic Good Standing status, and have a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher.

Prospective Legal Studies Minors must apply for acceptance into the program. For more information, please contact lawundergrad@illinois.edu.

Legal Studies Minor Requirements

Core Course Work Course Title Credit Hours
LAW 201 Basic Constitutional Law & Individual Rights 3
LAW 301 Introduction to Law 3
LAW 302 Transitional Justice 3
LAW 303 Living the Law 3
LAW 304 Introduction to Legal Research 3
LAW 305 Art and Cultural Property Law 3
EPS/AAS/AFRO/LLS 310 Race and Cultural Diversity 4
SOC 479 Law and Society 3
PS 323 Law and Representation 3

Students will select one of the following tracks, and choose at least 9 credit hours from the course options for each track:

Law & Politics Track

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
PS 301 The US Constitution I 3
PS 302 The US Constitution II 3
PS 305 The US Supreme Court 3
PS 306 Judicial Politics 3
PS 322 Law and Public Policy 3
PS 386 International Law 3

Law & Cultures Track

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
AAS 370/LLS 372 Immigration, Law, and Rights 3
AFRO 378 Race and Revolutions 3
GLBL 220 Governance 3
GLBL 260 Global Human Rights 3
GWS 201 Race, Gender and Power 3
GWS 343 Criminalization and Punishment 3
LLS 201 US Racial and Ethnic Politics 3
LLS 473 Immigration, Health and Society 3

Law & Economics of Food Security and Sustainability Track

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ACE 210 Environmental Economics 3
ACE 251 The World Food Economy 3
ACE 255 Economics of Food and Environmental Justice 3
ACE 306 Food Law 3
ACE 310 Natural Resource Economics 3
ACE 321 Principles of Public Policy 3
ACE 403 Agricultural Law 3
ACE 406 Environmental Law 3
ACE 410 Energy Economics 3
ACE 411 Environment and Development 3
ACE 456 Agriculture & Food Policies 3

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