The Legal Studies minor provides students 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?
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.