Law-related courses: Fall 2016

It’s Fall 2016 course registration time!

Here are some law-related courses you might find interesting, as well as a bunch of caveats to keep in mind.

First off:

There is nothing you MUST do as an undergrad in order to prepare for law school – no required classes or majors, no magic extracurricular activities.

Study what you love, pursue your passions, explore your interests.

You’ll find pages of info on undergraduate preparation for law school right here


Beyond studying what you love, the most important things you can do in the classroom to enhance your eventual application to law school are the following:

  • Learn how to be a good writer – take classes in which you’ll write a lot and get good feedback on your writing.
  • Maintain a strong GPA.  Studying what you love will make this much easier.
  • Get to know your professors.  They’re an amazing resource, and the more they know about you, the better their eventual letters of recommendation can be.

Enrolling in law-related classes is NOT a prerequisite for getting into law school, but it may help you decide if law is the right path for you.

The list below can help you sample law in the classroom. This is NOT a complete list of all courses that touch on or provide background for understanding legal issues, only those most directly related to law. It is also limited to those classes offered at UMass Amherst (and not the other local colleges) this Fall. This list also does NOT indicate availability – classes may be full (check SPIRE). This list is in addition to ALL of the courses in the Legal Studies major\ (Did we miss a class? Let us know!)

General Education classes (GenEd designation in parentheses)

AFROAM 236—History of the Civil Rights Movement (HS U)
ANIMLSCI 260—Farm Animal Care & Welfare (SI)
ANTHRO 205—Inequality and Oppression (SB U)
ECON 105—Intro to Political Economy (SB U)
ECON 144H—Political Economy of Race (SB U) (Honors)
EDUC 115—Embracing Diversity (I U)
HIST 150/151—US History (HS U)
HIST 154—Social Change in the 1960s (HS U)
HIST 365H - US LGBT and Queer History, Honors (HS U)
JUDAIC 350—Jewish Law & Society (SB G)
LABOR 204—Labor & the Global Economy (SB)
PHIL 110—Introduction to Logic (R2)
PHIL 160—Introduction to Ethics (AT)
PHIL 164—Medical Ethics (AT)
PHIL 170—Problems in Social Thought (SB)
POLISCI 162—Introduction to Constitutional Law (SB)
PUBHLTH 129—Healthcare for All (SB U)
PUBP&ADM 195C—Transforming Your World: Introduction to Community Engagement (SB U)
RESECON 162—Consumer in Society (SB)

SCH-MGMT 350—Professional Ethics in Contemporary Society (SB)
SOCIOL 103—Social Problems (SB U)
SOCIOL 106—Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity (SB U)
SOCIOL 224—Social Class and Inequality (SB U)
WMNSST 187—Gender, Sexuality and Culture (I U)

Upper-Level Classes (not Gen Eds)

Prerequisites may apply and/or courses may be restricted to declared majors. 

COMM 290AH—Media, Public Opinion, and LGBT Rights
ECON 330—Labor in the American Economy
ECON 394LI—Law and Economics
ENVIRSCI 213—Intro to Environmental Policy
HISTORY 397DV—History of Domestic Violence Law
HISTORY 397WLH—Women and the Law:  History of Sex and Gender Discrimination (Honors)
HISTORY 394EI - Human Rights & Energy in Eurasia
HT-MGT 320—Hospitality and Tourism Law
MGMT 260—Intro to [Business] Law
MGMT 361—Contracts in Business Relationships
POLISCI 356—International Law
POLISCI 360—Constitutional Law
POLISCI 365—Bill of Rights and Equal Protection
POLISCI 391E—Rules of War
POLISCI 395S - History of U.S. Social Policy, Politics of Gender, Race, and Class
POLISCI 397TWH—Terrorism, War & Democracy
PUBP&ADM 497C—Creating a Nonprofit
SOCIOL 241—Criminology
SOCIOL 342 - Deviance & Social Order
SOCIOL 343 - Hate Crime in America
SPRTMGT 335—Introduction to Sports Law
STPEC 492H— Achieving Equality and Social Change
WOMENSST 295M - Politics of Reproduction and Mothering
WOMENSST 395G—Gender, Sexuality, Race, and the Law: Critical Interventions