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Explore a legal studies minor​​

Whether you consider yourself law school bound, or are just testing the waters, seek to have a foundation in law as a valuable resource in another career, or simply wish to attain some understanding of law for your own edification, a legal studies minor is an excellent choice. 

Law is all around us. It affects our daily lives in innumerable ways. A foundation in law is valuable for virtually all career paths. From business law to criminal law, civil liberties to the mass media, we offer substantive courses that would not be out of place in any of the country's major law schools. However, spanning the university, we also offer classes that approach law through the lens of many disciplines. I encourage you to dive in and explore our diverse offerings.

If you have any questions, or are in need of advising, please contact me or Barbara Ford at legal-studies@udel.edu​. ​

— Dr. Wayne Batchis, Director of Legal Studies​

Legal Studies minor requirements​


More about the legal studies minor

The Legal Studies Minor provides students with the broad conceptual framework of legal studies and encourages them to explore the law from an interdisciplinary perspective. Founded in 1989, the Legal Studies Program was approved as a minor in 1991. The program provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of law. The law is central to theories and research in philosophy, social science, business, and public policy. The University of Delaware offers law-related courses in a wide variety of programs and disciplines. You can learn about law and the legal system in courses in accounting, communication, criminal justice, economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and women's studies. Faculty in the program are drawn from six of the seven colleges of the University.

The Legal Studies Minor is designed for any undergraduate student who is interested in examining the law and legal institutions from a wide variety of perspectives. Although Legal Studies is not a "Pre-Law" program and does not provide legal or paralegal training of the sort that a student would obtain at a law school or paralegal training institute, the Legal Studies minor should be of interest to students who plan to obtain professional training in law-related fields after graduation.

The Legal Studies Minor provides a substantive introduction to law, an interdisciplinary introduction to legal studies, as well as, offering electives from a range of disciplinary perspectives.​