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Law & Legal Studies

The minor in Law and Legal Studies (LLS) offers an interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to the study of law. This is an academic program, not a professional training program, emphasizing the political, social, cultural, and philosophical foundations and impacts of law and legal systems. It is designed for pre-law students and also for a broad array of students from across the PSU campus who are interested in the relationship of law to politics, society, and culture. While the core courses concentrate on American law and the American legal system, the electives allow students to focus on international law, comparative law, and legal philosophy as well.

The LLS minor requires 28 credits of coursework, distributed as follows:

  • Required core courses (12 credits)
    • PS 101 - United States Government
    • PS 221 - Introduction to Law and Legal Studies
    • PS 421 - Supreme Court and American Politics
  • Electives, minimum of four (16 credits)
    • Political science electives, minimum of two (8-16 credits)
      • PS 325 - Politics and the Legal Enforcement of Morals
      • PS 422 - Constitutional Law
      • PS 423 - Civil Liberties
      • PS 424 - Law, Politics, and Society
      • PS 425 - Women and the Law
      • PS 428 - Politics of Law and Order
      • PS 448 - International Law
      • PS 449 - International Environmental Politics and Law
      • PS 483 - Justice in the Modern World
    • Other electives, maximum of two (0-8 credits)
      • CCJ 310 - American Courts
      • CCJ 420 - Criminal Law and Legal Reasoning
      • Phl 311 - Morality of Punishment
      • Phl 333 - Philosophy of Law
      • Hst 447 - American Constitutional History I
      • Hst 448 - American Constitutional History II
      • Hst 449 - American Constitutional History III
    • Law-related electives approved by LLS advisor, maximum of two (0-8 credits)

LLS minors who are also majoring or minoring in political science may apply the core course requirements (12 credits) and no more than one elective (4 credits) to the political science degree. Three electives (12 credits) must be applied solely to the LLS minor. In order to count toward fulfillment of the LLS minor, courses must be passed with a grade of C or above. To keep track of degree requirements and progress toward fulfilling them, students are encouraged to use LLS worksheet.

Professor Chris Shortell is the Law and Legal Studies advisor. For useful information for PSU students considering law school, please go to our Pre-Law Advising page.