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Legal Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

Legal Studies Minor Requirements

A Legal Studies Minor may be earned by students in any USF major. For the Minor, students must complete five (5) courses (20 credits)(which may be double-counted for major, minor and core requirements), including the Overview course, one course in Domestic Justice, one course in Global Justice, one Field Placement, and one Elective. The elective can be satisfied preferably by choosing an additional course in either Domestic Justice or Global Justice, or by choosing a course from additional electives (see below).

Overview (One of these two are required):
Domestic Justice
Global Justice
  • POLS - 345 Global Economic Justice (Zunes)
  • POLS - 350 International Law and Organizations (Zartner)
  • POLS - 352 Human Rights and Global Change (Elias)
  • POLS - 369 Asian Politics, Activism, and Justice (Gonzalez)
  • POLS - 380 Social Justice and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Hahn Tapper)
  • POLS - 381 Feminist International Relations (Wibben)
  • POLS - 390 Filipino Politics and Justice (Gonzalez)
  • SOC - 233 Gender, Development, and Globalization
  • SOC - 302 Global Inequalities and Social Justice (Santos)
  • SOC - 322 Resistance to Corporate Globalization (Santos)
  • COMS - 364 Communication for Justice and Social Change (Jacquemet)
Field Placement

Students must choose between a law-related placement in a government agency (Politics 396) or in some non-governmental organization (Politics 397 or Sociology 395)

  • POLS - 396 Public Administration Internship (Murphy/Gonzalez/Kessler-Mata), or
  • POLS - 397 Fieldwork in Public Interest Organizations (Elias), or
  • SOC - 395 Fieldwork in Sociology (Gamson/Rodriguez)
Additional Electives

Students must choose one (1) elective by taking an additional course in either Domestic Justice or Global Justice (see above) or by taking a course from the following list (as periodically updated):

Activities

While primarily an academic program, Legal Studies sponsors or supports various on-campus and off-campus activities and groups, including the Undergraduate Law Society and Phi Alpha Delta. Our speakers series has featured recent talks by Kathy Roberts from the Center of Justice and Accountability; Center for Constitutional Rights President, David Cole; maverick lawyer, Gerry Spence; former San Francisco District Attorney, Terence Hallinan; California Supreme Court Justice and USF Alumnus Ming Chin; consumer law advocate Ralph Nader; various law school deans; and many others. We have a growing relationship with the USF Human Rights Working Group and with USF's School of Law (and its Center for Law and Global Justice). We have a small library of law school materials, and through our Pre-Professional Law Committee, faculty advise students on the legal profession and on legal curricula and admissions. Our recent graduates have gone on to law and graduate schools at universities such as Georgetown, Harvard, Washington, Tulane, Columbia, NYU, Yale, American, USC, and UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Hastings, and UC Davis.

Under our 4 + 3 Law Program, USF students (in any Major) will have the opportunity to gain automatic admission to USF's School of Law if they have a minimum 3.2 GPA, a minimum 70th percentile LSAT score, and complete either the Legal Studies Minor or the Criminal Justice Studies (see separate brochure) minor.