Law-related courses: Spring 2018

Just in time (barely) for Spring 2018 course registration, it’s our bi-annual list of law-related undergraduate courses being offered across the University.

But first, some caveats:

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!)

Did we miss a class you think should be on this list? Please let us know.

General Education classes (GenEd designation in parentheses)

AFROAM 132 – African American History 1619-1860 (HS U)
AFROAM 133 - African-American History, Civil War-1954 (HS U)
AFROAM 236—History of the Civil Rights Movement (HS U)

BIOLOGY 105 —Biology of Social Issues (BS)

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

HISTORY 150/151—US History (HS U)
HISTORY 242H – American Family in Historical Perspective (HS U) (Honors)
HISTORY 389 – US Women’s History since 1890 (HS U)
HISTORY 390E - Imperial America: US and World 1898-Now

LABOR 280 Labor & Work in the US (I U)

NRC 185 - Sustainable Living: Solutions for the 21st Century (SI)

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 166 – Environmental Ethics (SB)
PHIL 170—Problems in Social Thought (SB)

POLISCI 280 – Public Policy (SB)

PUBHLTH 129—Healthcare for All (SB U)

RES-ECON 162 – Consumer in 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)
SOCIOL 242 – Drugs and Society (SB)
SOCIOL 244 – Sociology of Immigration (SB U)
SOCIOL 245 – Race and Society (SB U)

Upper-Level Classes (not Gen Eds)

NOT recommended for first years.
Pre-requisites may apply and/or courses may be restricted to declared majors. 

ACCOUNTG 371 – Individual Taxation

AEROSPAC 442 – National Security Policy II

ANTHRO 397ER - Special Topics- Heritage Policy and Practice

ART-HIST 397V - Vexed Antiquities: Intro to Challenges of Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century

CLASSICS 355 – Slaves and Freed Slaves in the Classical World

COMM 297 RR – Race, Inequality, and Representation
COMM 339 – Media and Public Policy
COMM 397SS - Youth, Democracy and the Entertainment Industry

COMPSCI 197S – Basics of Cybersecurity
COMPSCI 365 – Digital Forensics

ECON 311 – Money and Banking
ECON 394EI – Economics and Ethics
ECON 394FI – Finance and Society
ECON 394IO - Industrial Organizations
ECON 397EM – Economics of Immigration
ECON 397GS – Gender, Sexuality, Work, and Pay: Empirical Perspectives
ECON 397PA – Income Inequality and Policy Alternatives

EDUC 297A - School to Prison Pipeline: Disability, Diversity, and Delinquency

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

HISTORY 297U – History of Refugees, Borders, and Migration
HISTORY 360 – American Colonial History - 1763
HISTORY 397AR - American Reconstruction & Reunion
HISTORY 397JL – Social Justice Lawyering
HISTORY 397RR - History of Reproductive Rights Law
HISTORY 397SC –Sex and the Supreme Court

HONORS 321H - Violence in American Culture (SB U)
HONORS 322H – Criminal Law and Justice in the US
HONORS 499D - Health and Health Care Inequality in the United States

HT-MGT 320—Hospitality and Tourism Law
HT-MGT 419 - Gaming and Social Policy

INFO 290NW - A Networked World

JOURNAL 425 - The Politics of Sport
JOURNAL 445 – Journalism and Law

MANAGMNT 260—Intro to Law
MANAGMNT 362 - Law of Enterprise Organization
MANAGMNT 391E - Environmental Law

MILITARY 402 – Military Leadership and Management

NRC 310 – Community Forestry
NRC 409 - Natural Resource Policy & Administration

POLISCI 290L – Introduction to Legal Reasoning
POLISCI 290P – Power, Privilege, and Inequality on a Global Scale
POLISCI 361— Civil Liberties
POLISCI 388 - Corporate Lobbying and the Global Economy
POLISCI 290C – Civilians in Conflict
POLISCI 394FI – Family and the State
POLISCI 397RP – Russian Politics, Law and Society
POLISCI 394IIH – International Environmental Policy and Politics (Honors)
POLISCI 394PH – Sports, Policy, and Politics (Honors)

PSYCH 391FA – Children without Permanent Homes: The Future of Adoption
PSYCH 480 – Intellectual Disability: Concepts and Controversies

PUBHLTH 389 - Health Inequities
PUBHLTH 490J – Reproductive Justice

RES-ECON 453 – Public Policy in Private Markets

SCH-MGMT 333 – Principles of Real Estate

SOCIOL 241—Criminology
SOCIOL 283 – Gender and Society
SOCIOL 287 – Sexuality and Society
SOCIOL 292W – Labor & Work in the US
SOCIOL 341 – Social Welfare
SOCIOL 342 – Deviance and Social Order
SOCIOL 349 – Race, Class, and Crime
SOCIOL 397PA – Probation and Parole
SOCIOL 497S – Surveillance and Society

SPRTMGT 335 - Sport Law

STOCKSCH 182 - Principles of Pesticide Mgt

SRVCLRNG 390B - The Boltwood Project: Engaging with the Disabilities Community

WGSS 297S – Girls in the System: Gender and Juvenile Justice
WGSS 392J – Feminism & Environmental Justice
WGSS 395N - Gender, Nation, and Body Politics