Legal Studies Program

Program Overview

The Legal Studies Program is an undergraduate major in the College of Letters and Sciences. The program’s mission is to provide a liberal education across traditional disciplines, focusing on the theory and operation of law and legal institutions. The courses in the Legal Studies major expose students to the many facets of law as a social phenomenon – its evolution, function, motivating ideas and effects. The major is not intended as preparation for law school because the emphasis is on exploring broadly defined questions about law from a variety of perspectives, rather than on training for the profession. The Legal Studies major is, however, suitable for pre-law students.

The curriculum is designed around the following five themes: Legal Institutions, Processes of Legal Order and Disorder, Law and Social Forces, Law and Culture, and Law and Theory.

Courses

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Spring 2021 Courses

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Gateway Courses

Legal St/Soc 131: Criminal Justice in America
Legal St/Poli Sci 217: Law, Politics and Society

Methods Courses (Statistics and Research Design)

Statistics (one course from this listing)

Economics 310: Statistics: Measurement in Economics
General Business 306: Business Analytics
Psychology 210: Basic Stats for Psychology
Sociology 360: Statistics for Sociologists
Statistics 301: Introduction to Statistics
Statistics 371: Intro Applied Stats – Life Sciences

Research Design (one course from this listing)

Political Science 170: Research Methods
Political Science 373: Intro to Survey Research
Psychology 225: Experimental Psychology
Sociology 357: Methods of Sociological Inquiry

Theme Group 1: Legal Institutions

General Business 301: Business Law
General Business 302: Bus Orgs and Negotiable Instruments
Legal St/Hist 262: Amer Legal History 1860s to Pres
Legal Studies 444: Law in Action
Legal Studies 641: Sociology of Law
Political Science 401: Legal Writing

Theme Group 2: Process of Legal Order & Disorder

Legal Studies 694: Field Observation in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies (application and internship required)
Psych 526: The Criminal Mind: Forensic and Psychobiological Perspectives
Psych 601: Psych Juvenile Delinquency
Psych 601: Prisoner Re-Entry
Sociology 441: Criminology

Theme Group 3: Law & Social Forces

Legal Studies 400: Civil Rights
Legal Studies 400: Impacts of Social and Legal Issues on Health (application and placement hours required)
*Legal Studies 400: Law, Justice and Climate Change
Legal Studies 400: Protest, Policing, and Social Justice Movements
Legal Studies 400: Wrongful Convictions
Legal Studies 422: Women and the Law
*Legal Studies 425: Crime, Gender and Justice
Legal Studies 430: Law and Environment
Legal Studies 443: Immigration, Crime & Enforcement (ethnic studies)
*Legal Studies 450: Courts, Constitutionalism and Human Rights
Psych 601: Legal Psych: Crim & Civil Iss

Theme Group 4: Law & Culture

Theme Group 5: Law & Theory

Legal Studies 450: Jurisprudence and Social Issues
Philosophy 341: Contemporary Moral Issues (some sections are Comm B)

Core Perspectives

Legal Studies 262: Amer Legal History 1860s to Present
Legal Studies 400: Civil Rights
*Legal Studies 400: Law, Justice and Climate Change
Legal Studies 400: Protest, Policing, and Social Justice Movements
Legal Studies 400: Wrongful Convictions
Legal Studies 422: Women and the Law
*Legal Studies 425: Crime, Gender and Justice
Legal Studies 430: Law and Environment
Legal Studies 443: Immigration, Crime & Enforcement (ethnic studies)
*Legal Studies 450: Courts, Constitutionalism and Human Rights
Legal Studies 450: Jurisprudence and Social Issues
Legal Studies 641: Sociology of Law

*Meets requirement that at least two courses in the major must have substantial content dealing with countries or cultures other than the United States.

Summer 2021 Courses

For the most current information, search the UW-Madison Schedule of Classes here

Statistics

Economics 310: Statistics: Measurement in Economics

Psychology 210: Basic Stats for Psychology

Sociology 360: Statistics for Sociologists

Statistics 301: Introduction to Statistics

Statistics 371: Intro Applied Stats – Life Sciences

Research Methods

Political Science 170: Research Methods in Political Science

Psychology 225: Research Methods

Sociology 357: Methods of Sociological Inquiry

Theme Group 1: Legal Institutions

General Business 301: Business Law

General Business 302: Bus Orgs and Negotiable Instruments

Political Science 414: Supreme Court as Political Institution

*Political Science/Intl St 434: Politics of Human Rights

*Political Science 439: The Comparative Study of Genocide

Political Science 470: The First Amendment

Theme Group 2: Process of Legal Order & Disorder

Legal Studies 400: Victims and the Criminal Justice System

Legal Studies/Sociology 694: Criminal Justice Field Observation — [Application and concurrent internship required – Schedule appt with advisor if interested]

Theme Group 3: Law & Social Forces

Economics 522: Law and Economics

Legal St/GWS 422: Women and the Law

*Legal Studies 450: Courts, Constitutionalism and Human Rights

Theme Group 5: Law & Theory

*Legal St/History 426: History of Punishment

*Legal St 450: The History of Prison

Legal St 450: Jurisprudence and Social Issues

Core Perspectives

*Legal St 400: Victims and the Criminal Justice System

*Legal St/History 426: History of Punishment

*Legal St 450: Courts, Constitutionalism and Human Rights

*Legal St 450: The History of Prison

Legal St 450: Jurisprudence and Social Issues

 

Fall 2020 Courses

For the most current information, search the UW-Madison Schedule of Classes here

Gateway Courses

Legal Studies/Sociology 131: Criminal Justice in America – 2:30-3:45 M/W + disc
Legal Studies/Political Science 217: Law, Politics & Society – online

Statistics

Economics 310: Statistics: Measurement in Economics
Psychology 210: Basic Stats for Psychology
Sociology 360: Statistics for Sociologists
Statistics 301: Introduction to Statistics
Statistics 371: Intro Applied Stats – Life Sciences

Research Design

Political Science 170: Research Methods in Political Science – 1:20 M/W + disc
Psychology 225: Experimental Psychology
Sociology 357: Methods of Sociological Inquiry – 9:55 M/W + disc

Theme Group 1: Legal Institutions

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 502: Law and Public Education (online) – enroll for 3 credits
General Business 301: Business Law – online + disc
General Business 302: Bus Orgs and Negotiable Instruments
Legal Studies/Hist 261: American Legal History to 1860 – 9:30-10:45 T/R
*Legal Studies 450: Courts, Constitutionalism, & Human Rights 1-2:15 T/R
Political Science 311: US Congress – 4-5:15 T/R + disc
*Political Science 340: The European Union – 8-9:15am T/R + disc
*Political Science 347: Terrorism – 11 M/W + disc
Political Science 408: The American Presidency – 2:30-3:45 M/W + disc
Political Science 411: The American Constitution I – 9:30-10:45 T/R + disc
Political Science 414: The Supreme Court as Political Institution – 4-5:15 T/R
Political Science 470: The First Amendment – 2:30-3:45 T/R

Theme Group 2: Process of Legal Order & Disorder

Legal Studies 694: Field Observation in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies – 9-11 W (application and internship required)
Psych 526: The Criminal Mind: Forensic and Psychobiological Perspectives – 4-5:15 M/W + disc
Sociology 421: Processes of Deviant Behavior – 4-5:15 M/W
Sociology 441: Criminology – 2:30-3:45 M/W + disc

Theme Group 3: Law & Social Forces

AfAm 671-002: Topic: Criminalizing Blackness – 2:25-5:25 T (ethnic st)
Econ 522: Law and Economics – 2:30-3:45 T/R + disc
Envir St 439: US Environmental Policy and Regulation – 11 MWF
*Legal Studies 203: Jewish Law, Business, and Ethics – 12:05-12:55 M/W + disc
*Legal Studies 400-027: Law, Sexuality & Society – 2:30-3:45 T/R
*Legal Studies 400-028: Law, Justice & Climate Change – 2:30-3:45 T/R
*Legal Studies/Soc/GWS 425: Crime, Gender and Justice – 4-5:15 M/W
Legal Studies/Sociology 440: Ethnicity, Race, and Justice – 4-5:15 M/W (ethnic st)
Legal Studies 645: Intellectual Freedom – online
Psych 401: Psychology, Law and Social Policies – 4-5:15 M/W
Psychology 601: Issues in Prisoner Re-entry – 3cr – We 1:00PM – 3:45PM

Theme Group 5: Law & Theory

Legal Studies 450: Jurisprudence and Social Issues
*Legal St/History 476: Medieval Law and Society
Philosophy 341: Contemporary Moral Issues (some sections are Comm B)
Philosophy/Med Hist 565: Ethics of Modern Biotechnology – 2:30-3:45 M/W

Core Perspectives

*Legal Studies 203: Jewish Law, Business, and Ethics – 12:05-12:55 M/W + disc
Legal Studies/History 261: American Legal History to 1860 – 9:30-10:45 T/R
*Legal Studies 400-027: Law, Sexuality & Society
*Legal Studies 400-028: Law, Justice & Climate Change – 2:30-3:45 T/R
*Legal Studies/Soc/GWS 425: Crime, Gender and Justice – online
Legal Studies/Sociology 440: Ethnicity, Race, and Justice – 4-5:15 M/W (ethnic st)
*Legal Studies 450: Courts, Constitutionalism, & Human Rights 1-2:15 T/R
Legal Studies 450: Jurisprudence and Social Issues
*Legal St/History 476: Medieval Law and Society

*Meets requirement that at least two courses in the major must have substantial content dealing with countries or cultures other than the United States.

Program Requirements

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