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The minor in Legal Studies is an academic program about law rather than vocational training in law. Recognizing the critical role that law plays in societies, it examines the ways peoples in different cultures and historical periods have used the law and have understood its purpose. Though not conceived as a pre-law curriculum, it is designed to guide students to courses that will deepen and expand their understanding of law as practiced, especially its influence on social and economic institutions, and to provide students with the critical skills needed to excel in law school. As such, the minor encourages students to draw not only upon the humanistic and social scientific offerings of the College of Arts and Sciences, but also to take advantage of courses in the schools of Business, Engineering, and Social Work.
The minor in Legal Studies requires eighteen units of courses, six of which may be from the studentís major discipline. As in all College programs, courses can not be double-counted (i.e., applied to both the major and minor). Although any combination of eighteen units may constitute the major, it is strongly recommended that the student not put together the minor by selecting only general introductory courses. Rather, the minor should include advanced courses outside the studentís major discipline.
Courses from a variety of disciplines may be chosen to fulfill the Legal Studies minor. Because affiliated departments create new courses and drop others, this list may not be complete and may include courses not currently offered. The student should consult the Director of Legal Studies (campus phone 5-5459, or e-mail at email@example.com), for approval of nonlisted courses.
David T. Konig, Director
Campus Box 1062
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899