Minor - Legal Studies

The Legal Studies Minor provides students with an interdisciplinary curriculum that engages them in critical analysis of the connections between legal issues and social justice, both from a contemporary and historical perspective. Students enrolled in the Legal Studies Minor can take courses on law and society, constitutional law and civil liberties, courts and society, civil rights, law and economics, environmental law, drugs and society, media law and ethics, professional and business ethics, philosophy of law, American legal history, and other related subjects. Upon successful completion of the Legal Studies Minor, students will develop a deeper understanding of the impact of legal practices and institutions on economics, politics, education, international relations, and other justice related areas.

The Legal Studies Minor exposes students to interdisciplinary perspectives on major social issues. The minor’s broad curriculum allows students to familiarize with the fields of law, social justice, international relations, public policy, environmental justice, and mass communications. Graduates with a minor in Legal Studies can explore a wide range of justice related careers, and are also well prepared to pursue postgraduate education in justice studies research, law, and public policy studies. Careers in the field include professional positions within the criminal justice system, NGOs, public institutions, and other justice related organizations.


Curriculum and Requirements (18 units)

In order to graduate with a Legal Studies Minor, students are required to complete 18 units, comprised of one required course and five elective courses selected from five disciplinary areas: Perspectives in law; Contemporary issues in law and justice; Legal history;  Law and Ethics; Law and Courts. In order to ensure a broad and interdisciplinary education, students must take one course from a separate department for each of the five areas. Students may "double dip" courses between major and minor.  Review the Legal Studies Minor information in the SJSU catalog HERE for more informtion. Please consult your major and minor advisors for additional clarification and to review graduation requirements.

Course Requirements, Areas, and Choices are as follows:

Required: PolS 120 (3 units): Law and Society

Choose one course from each of the following five groups:

Perspectives on Law (3 units): Econ 141, EnvS/PolS 124, Phil 155

Contemporary Issues in Law and Justice (3 units): AfAm 142, JS 101, JS 122, JS 132, JS 133, MAS 127, SOCI 151

Legal History (3 units): AfAM 134, MdES 108, PolS 121A, PolS 121B

Law and Ethics (3 units): Comm 133F, MCom 101, Phil 186

Law and the Courts (3 units): Comm 147P, JS 103, PolS 122


Contact Information

If you are interested in declaring Legal Studies as your minor, please download the
Legal Studies Minor Form and meet with an advisor to discuss the minor (forms can also be obtain from Communication Studies and Political Science). 

For more about our department and potential career options, download the 
Legal Studies Fact Sheet (PDF) or the Justice Studies Department Fact Sheet (PDF).