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 aspects of law related to areas such as international law, comparative law, and philosophy.

Lower Division Requirements

United States Government
Introduction to Law and Legal Studies
4
4

 

 

Upper Division Requirements

Supreme Court and American Politics
4

 


Electives (16 Credits)
 

Political Science options (minimum 8 credits):

Constitutional Law
Civil Liberties
Law, Politics, and Society
Women and the Law
Politics of Law and Order
International Law
International Environmental Politics and Law
Justice in the Modern World
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4

 

 

 

 

 


Non-Political Science options (maximum 8 credits):

American Courts
Criminal Law and Legal Reasoning
The Morality of Punishment
Philosophy of Law
Civil Rights and the Law: The History of Equal Protection
U.S. Constitutional History: Foundations
U.S. Constitution: Nineteenth Century
U.S. Constitution: Twentieth Century
Electives approved by Law and Legal Studies advisor (maximum 8 credits)
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Total Credit Hours:
28

 

 

For Law and Legal Studies minors who are also majoring or minoring in political science, at least three electives (12 credits) must be applied solely to the law and legal studies minor. In order to count toward fulfillment of the minor, courses must be passed with a grade of C or above.

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.