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Legal Studies

The law is complicated. A minor in legal studies at the University of St. Thomas examines how the law governs human action and interactions from an interdisciplinary lens. You graduate prepared to engage with the legal system as a compassionate citizen and professional.

Why Study Legal Studies at St. Thomas?

Our interdisciplinary approach to law will allow you to examine the law from numerous angles to see multiple arguments and opinions. We will teach you to understand how the legal system functions in order to see how the law influences public and private affairs within society. Our students often pursue advanced degrees in law, public policy and business, as well as careers in a variety of industries after graduating from St. Thomas.

Program Overview

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • You complete 20 credits for the minor with courses in business law, communication and journalism, economics, history, philosophy, political science and theology. Whether you are studying political philosophy or media law, you will find there are a diverse array of courses to choose from throughout your undergraduate career at St. Thomas.
    Legal studies is a flexible minor which means you can pair it with a number of other programs at the university. We recommend connecting with the program director early in your undergraduate career to put yourself on track to graduate in a timely fashion.
    Minor in Legal Studies

    Course Requirements

    You complete 20 credits for the minor with courses in business law, communication and journalism, economics, history, philosophy, political science and theology. Whether you are studying political philosophy or media law, you will find there are a diverse array of courses to choose from throughout your undergraduate career at St. Thomas.

    Four-Year Plan

    Legal studies is a flexible minor which means you can pair it with a number of other programs at the university. We recommend connecting with the program director early in your undergraduate career to put yourself on track to graduate in a timely fashion.

    Degrees Awarded

    Minor in Legal Studies
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    Career Paths

    We give you the tools and knowledge you need to work in a variety of different industries after graduation.

    • Lawyer
    • Policymaker
    • Entrepreneur
    • Judicial officer
    • Legislative staffer
    • Law enforcement officer

    Prepare for What's Next

    Legal studies students graduate with a unique perspective of the law and its impact on our society today. They enter the next chapter of their lives as compassionate professionals and citizens.

    Examine

    You will examine the law from multiple perspectives across the university throughout your undergraduate career in our program.

    Understand

    You will understand how the law influences your life every day.

    Prepare

    You will prepare for your professional future and the complex legal landscape through your interdisciplinary coursework and interactions with faculty and your peers.