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Minor in Law Studies

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Clarkson University offers a Minor in Law Studies that is available to all undergraduate students, a minor that not only prepares students for law school, but also allows students to get a better understanding of law. The Minor in Law Studies:

  • Serves the needs of students who want to learn more about the field of law
  • Covers many diverse forms of law, with several choices of different paths you can pursue 
  • Students will create a law portfolio, which proves to be a great asset when applying to law school 

All students choosing to minor in Law Studies must complete 18 credit hours (six courses) and satisfy the following requirements:

Perspectives of the Law (required)
  LW270   Law and Society I
Law Studies Minor Portfolio (0 credits) (required)
  LW499   Law Studies Minor Portfolio
Areas of Law (take two of the following)
  LW466   The Law of the Workplace
  LW471   Law and Society II
  POL371   Environmental Law (CGI)
  POL400   Constitutional Law (CGI)
Policy/Social Issues (take two of the following)
  ANTH332   Cities and Social Justice
  COMM 310   Mass Media and Society (Univ: CGI/STS)
  COMM428   Public Debate and the Environment (Univ:STS & CGI)
  LIT335/POL335   Violence & Reconciliation  (Univ:GGI & IA: C1)
  PHIL240   Contemporary Moral Issues (Univ:GCI & IG: C1)
  PHIL243   Business Ethics (CGI)
  PHIL 310   World Religions & Contemporary Issues (Univ: GCI & IG: C1)
  PHIL341   Professional Ethics
  PHIL/POL380   Law and Bioethics (STS)
  PHIL405   Sustainability Theory & Practice (STS: C1)
  POL362   Human Rights Law and Politics (CGI: C1)
  POL372   Biofuel & Farm Policy  (Univ: STS & EC)
  POL/SOC 470   Environmental Policy (STS: C1)
  POL471   Energy Policy (Univ:STS & EC:C1)
  SOC330   Health, Wealth, Integrity & Environment  (Univ:STS & EC)
  LW490   Internship (subject to availability)
Communication (take one of the following)
  COMM210   Theory of Rhetoric for Business, Science and Engineering (C2)
  COMM217   Introduction to Public Speaking (C2)
  COMM410   Theory and Philosophy of Communication (IG: C1)
  PHIL330   Logic for Critical Thinking (IG)
  Comm 417   Business and Professional Speaking (C2)

Another opportunity for Clarkson students interested in law is the Pre-Law program.

For more information contact Sandy Zuhlsdorf in the School of Business Support Center at or 315-268-3906.