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Legal Studies

The Legal Studies minor provides you a broad understanding of the U.S. legal system, including the role law plays in U.S. culture: what legal philosophies have we adopted and rejected, what is the law’s history, what practical purposes does it serve, how well does it work?

Vanessa Barba at a rally

Vanessa Barba ’15

Organizer, California Domestic Workers Coalition

In her career, Vanessa Barba has advocated for domestic workers, restaurant workers, and garment workers. 'But I always find myself going back to domestic workers because they need help the most,' she says."

Vanessa Barba ’15

Organizer, California Domestic Workers Coalition

Our program examines the relationship between law and politics, and law and society. What can law contribute to improve society? What is justice? Can the law help to achieve it? Does the law help promote social change, or rather impede it? We examine both U.S. law and international law and study the judicial system from the trial courts to the Supreme Court.


Our fieldwork courses place students in law-related internships with organizations such as La Raza Centro Legal, the Legal Aid Society, the Prisoner’s Union, the Tenderloin Legal Clinic, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Interested in Law School?

The Pre-Law programs are joint offerings of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Management and the School of Law, which provides USF undergraduate students with the necessary background for a successful law school program and admission into the USF School of Law for qualified students.

  • 4+3 BA/BS-JD program - Provides undergraduate students automatic admission to USF’s School of Law
  • 3+3 BA/BS-JD program - Earn two degrees in six years
  • 2+2+3 BA/BS-JD program - Undergraduate students transferring from select community colleges

Learn More About our Pre-Law Programs

Legal Studies, Minor

Robert Elias, Program Director
2130 Fulton St.
Kalmanovitz Hall 277
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.