Law pervades every aspect of modern life, including the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The minor in Law and Public Policy prepares students for a wide range of careers and graduate programs. It provides students with skills and knowledge about how the law affects and is influenced by policy, politics, and society.
The wide-ranging course offerings provide breadth and depth; students may focus on international law and policy issues, or domestic law and policy issues, including criminal justice and the role of courts in public policy. The minor is structured so that students take two core courses and receive a solid foundation in law, legal reasoning, and public policy. Then, they can choose from a list of three courses containing Law and Public Policy content, including but not limited to courses in Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology departments.
Additionally, the minor offers the opportunity to argue a case through moot court, witness trials and appellate arguments, and meet with leading law and policy experts. Students will also meet potential employers and mentors through the co-op placement program.
Students who complete the minor will be well prepared to succeed in a wide range of fields including local, state, and federal government, nonprofits, politics and political consulting, finance, professional sports, marketing, or start-up companies. Some students attend law school (and are well prepared to do so), but those who do not, benefit from the rich and broad course content.