Law-related courses for Fall 2018

Love the law? Awesome! UMass has a ton of law-related course offerings for Fall 2018. But remember:

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 (DU HS)

ANIMLSCI 260—Animal Care & Welfare (SI)

ANTHRO 205—Power and Inequality in the United States (DU SB)

COMM 209H - LGBT Politics and the Media (DU SB)

ECON 105—Intro to Political Economy (DU SB)

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

HISTORY 114 - China: Origins to 1600 (DG HS)
HISTORY 150, 151—US History (HS)
HISTORY 154 - Social Change in the 1960’s (DU HS)
HISTORY 242H - American Family in Historical Perspectives, Honors (DU HS)
HISTORY 265H - US LGBT and Queer History, Honors (DU HS)
HISTORY 290A - African American History from Africa to the Civil War (DU HS)

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 163 - Business 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)

RESECON 162—Consumer in Society (SB)

SOCIOL 103—Social Problems (DU SB)
SOCIOL 106—Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity (DU SB)
SOCIOL 107 – Contemporary American Society (DU SB)
SOCIOL 204 - Labor & The Global Economy (SB)
SOCIOL 222 - The Family (DU SB)
SOCIOL 240 – The Asian-American Experience (DU SB)
SOCIOL 242 – Drugs & Society (DU SB)
SOCIOL 244 – Sociology of Immigration (DU SB)
SOCIOL 245 - Race & Society (DU SB)
SOCIOL 262 – Globalization & Inequality (G SB)

SPP 110 - Transforming Your World: Introduction to Community Engagement (DU SB)
STPEC 189 - Introduction to Radical Social Theory (DG HS)

WGSS 187—Gender, Sexuality and Culture (DU I)

Upper-Level Classes (not Gen Eds)

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

ACCOUNTG 371 - Individual Taxation

ANTHRO 297MR - Special Topics- Forensics: Myth and Reality
ANTHRO 297U - Special Topics- Understanding Global Development
ANTHRO 499C—Honors Thesis - Conquest by Law (open to non-majors)

COMM 394EI - Performance and the Politics of Race
COMM 397SS - ST-Youth, Democracy and the Entertainment Industry
COMM 497NP - Special Topics- News and Public Opinion
COMM 497QP - Special Topics- Queer Performance and Publics

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 394EI – Economics and Ethics
ECON 397EM - Special Topics- Economics of Immigration
ECON 397EV - Special Topics- Environmental Economics
ECON 397LG -  Policy and Economics of LGBT Issues
ECON 499C - Honors Thesis- Social Values and Public Decisions: Philosophical & Economic Perspectives

ENGLISH 388 - Rhetoric, Writing, and Society

ENVIRSCI 213 - Introduction to Environmental Policy

GEOGRAPH 372 - Urban Issues
GEOGRAPH 497C - Special Topics- Climate Crisis

HISTORY 358 - Immigration and Migration in US History
HISTORY 360 - American Colonial History – 1763
HISTORY 363 – Civil War Era
HISTORY 368 – US Between World Wars
HISTORY 395S - History of U.S. Social Policy, Politics of Gender, Race, and Class
HISTORY 394EI - Human Rights & Energy in Eurasia
HISTORY 397MJ - Special Topics- The Woman in Modern Japan
HISTORY 397RL - Special Topics- Rape Law: Gender, Race, (In)justice
HISTORY 397RR - Special Topics- History of Reproductive Rights Law
HISTORY 492Z - Seminar- Zionism, Palestine, Israel: A Global History

HONORS 390EH - Junior Year Common Experience: How the 1960s Changed America
HONORS 499C - Honors Thesis- Debating Globalization, 1st Semester

HT-MGT 320—Hospitality and Tourism Law

JOURNAL 395M - Seminar- The African American Freedom Struggle and the Mass Media
JOURNAL 410 - Social Justice Journalism
JOURNAL 445 - Journalism & Law

MANAGMNT 260—Intro to [Business] Law
MANAGMNT 361—Contracts in Business Relationships

NRC 494EI - Environmental Decision-Making

POLISCI 356—International Law
POLISCI 360—Constitutional Law
POLISCI 391E—Rules of War
POLISCI 391PC - Seminar- Immigration: Politics and Policy
POLISCI 395S - History of U.S. Social Policy, Politics of Gender, Race, and Class

PSYCH 391RJ - Seminar- Reasoning, Judgment and Decision Making
PSYCH 480 - Intellectual Disability: Concepts and Controversies

PUBHLTH 389 - Health Inequities
PUBHLTH 497F - Special Topics- Food Justice
PUBHLTH 499N - Honors Project- Public Policy and Citizen Action

RES-ECON 453 – Public Policy and Private Markets

SCH-MGMT 333 - Principles of Real Estate

SOCIOL 241 – Criminology
SOCIOL 248 - Conformity and Deviance
SOCIOL 283 – Gender & Society
SOCIOL 323 – Sociology of Law
SOCIOL 335 - Radical Movements
SOCIOL 343 – Hate Crime in America
SOCIOL 345 – Juvenile Delinquency
SOCIOL 347 - Corporate Crime
SPP 320 - Public Administration
SPP 397M - Special Topics- Making a Difference: Policies & Strategies for Social Change

SPRTMGT 335—Sport Law

STOCKSCH 356 – Food Justice & Policy

WGSS 201 - Gender and Difference: Critical Analyses
WGSS 230 - Politics of Reproduction
WGSS 295S - Seminar- Sex and Liberation: The 1970s
WGSS 301 - Theorizing Gender, Race, and Power
WGSS 393L - Seminar- LGBTQ Politics and Postcolonialism