Law-related courses: Fall 2017

It’s Fall 2017 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 (and policy, often). 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—Animal Care & Welfare (SI)

ANTHRO 205—Inequality and Oppression (SB U)

COMM 290AH—Media, Public Opinion, and LGBT Rights (SB U)

ECON 105—Intro to Political Economy (SB U)

EDUC 115—Embracing Diversity (I U)
EDUC 276 - How We Form and Maintain Erroneous Beliefs (R2)

HISTORY 150—US History (HS U)
HISTORY 190S - Sex in History- A Global History of the Modern World (HS G)
HISTORY 242H - American Family in Historical Perspectives, Honors (HS U)
HISTORY 265 - US LGBT and Queer History, Honors (HS U)

HONORS 390EH - Junior Year Common Experience: How the 1960s Changed America (SB U)

PHIL 105 - Practical Reasoning (R2)
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 181 - Controversies in Public Policy (SB U)

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)

SOCIOL 103—Social Problems (SB U)
SOCIOL 106—Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity (SB U)
SOCIOL 204 - Labor & The Global Economy (SB)
SOCIOL 222 - The Family (SB U)

WGSS 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. 

ANTHRO 499C—Honors Thesis - Conquest by Law (open to non-majors)

COMM 297RR - Special Topics- Race, Inequality and Representation
COMM 494DI - Conflict and Collaboration

COMPSCI 391L - Computer Crime Law: Technologies of Investigation and Privacy

ECON 308 - Political Economy of the Environment
ECON 330—Labor in the American Economy
ECON 394LI—Law and Economics
ECON 397EM - Special Topics- Economics of Immigration

ECON 397LG -  Economics of LGBT Issues

ENGLISH 494JI - Going to Jail: Incarceration in US Literature and Culture

ENVIRSCI 213 - Introduction to Environmental Policy

GEOGRAPH 497C - Special Topics- Climate Crisis

HISTORY 361 - American Revolution Era
HISTORY 395S - History of U.S. Social Policy, Politics of Gender, Race, and Class
HISTORY 394EI - Human Rights & Energy in Eurasia
HISTORY 397PT - Special Topics- Political Theory and the American Revolution
HISTORY 397RL - Special Topics- Rape Law: Gender, Race, (In)justice
HISTORY 397WLH - Special Topics- Women and the Law: History of Sex and Gender Discrimination, Honors
HISTORY 493M - Seminar- Policing in Modern America

HT-MGT 320—Hospitality and Tourism Law

JOURNAL 445 - Journalism & Law
JOURNAL 497J - Special Topics- Social Justice Journalism

LINGUIST 297A - Special Topics - Arguing About Language

MANAGMNT 260—Intro to [Business] Law
MANAGMNT 361—Contracts in Business Relationships
MANAGMNT 497N - Special Topics- Negotiations

NRC 494EI - Environmental Decision-Making

PHIL 370 - Intro to Social-Political Philosophy

POLISCI 320 - Public Administration
POLISCI 356—International Law
POLISCI 360—Constitutional Law
POLISCI 391E—Rules of War
POLISCI 391PC - Seminar- Immigration: Politics and Policy
POLISCI 392AP - Seminar- Activism, Participation, and Protest
POLISCI 395S - History of U.S. Social Policy, Politics of Gender, Race, and Class

PSYCH 480 - Intellectual Disability: Concepts and Controversies

PUBP&ADM 320 - Public Administration

SCH-MGMT 333 - Principles of Real Estate

SOCIOL 241—Criminology
SOCIOL 245 - Race & Society
SOCIOL 248 - Conformity and Deviance
SOCIOL 329 - Social Movements
SOCIOL 330 - Asian Americans and Inequalities
SOCIOL 342 - Deviance & Social Order
SOCIOL 357 - The Wire and Urban Inequality
SOCIOL 392J - Seminar- Race and Policing
SOCIOL 461 - Seminar on Race and Racism
SOCIOL 492P - Civil Resistance and Social Change

SPRTMGT 335—Sport Law

WGSS 230 - Politics of Reproduction
WGSS 295P - Seminar- Policing, Protest, and Politics: Queers, Feminists, and #BlackLivesMatter
WGSS 297TC - Special Topics-Intro to Transgender Studies
WGSS 395D - Seminar- Introduction to Feminist Disability Studies