Legal Studies Minor

Students from on-campus and online majors throughout UIS will benefit from the preparatory law-related classes offered as part of the Legal Studies minor. Knowledge of the law and the legal system is important for individuals in a wide array of careers, from financial advisors to computer scientists, from health administrators to social workers, from news reporters to novelists, from union representatives to personnel administrators, from law enforcement officials to court administrators, as well as lobbyists, politicians, and beyond. Students interested in going on to law school will especially benefit from this minor,  achieving a foundational background in law and legal systems.

The academic objectives, goals and outcomes of this minor for students are:

  • To gain a basic understanding of the American legal system
  • To engage in critical analysis of the way law operates in society
  • To be able to answer the questions of how law is created, applied, interpreted, and changed

Grading Policy

LES minors must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher in all required core courses. A grade of C- or lower will not be accepted in these courses.

Minor in Legal Studies Requirements:

To earn a minor in Legal Studies, students must complete a minimum of 15 semester hours.

LES/PSC 202Introduction to the American Legal System3
LES Electives
Requires 9 hours of 300- or 400-level course work. The remaining 3 hours may be taken at the 100, 200, 300, or 400 level.12
Total Hours15