Law-related courses for Spring 2019

If only there were a way to find the over 100 Spring course offerings that have something to do with law (or policy)... But wait! There is! The handy list below, culled and curated by your trusty pre-law advisor.

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 you think should be on this list? Please let us know.

General Education classes (GenEd designation in parentheses)

AFROAM 133 - African-American History, Civil War-1954 (HS DU)
AFROAM 236—History of the Civil Rights Movement (HS DU)

BIOLOGY 105 —Biology of Social Issues (BS)

COMM 325H - Race, Media, and Politics- Honors (HS DU)

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

HISTORY 150/151—US History (HS DU)
HISTORY 154 - Social Change in the 1960s (HS DU)
HISTORY 242H – American Family in Historical Perspective (HS DU) (Honors)
HISTORY 264 - History of Health Care and Medicine in the U.S. (HS DU)
HISTORY 265H - US LGBT and Queer History, Honors (HS DU)

HONORS 321H - Violence in American Culture (SB DU)
HONORS 322H – Criminal Law and Justice in the US (SB DU)

LABOR 201 - Issues of Women & Work (DU SB)
LABOR 280 Labor & Work in the US (I DU)

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 170—Problems in Social Thought (SB)

POLISCI 280 – Public Policy (SB)

PUBHLTH 129—Healthcare for All (SB DU)

RES-ECON 262 - Environmental Economics (SB)

SOCIOL 103—Social Problems (SB DU)
SOCIOL 106—Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity (SB DU)
SOCIOL 218 - The Law, Logic, and Social Science of Courtroom Evidence (R2)
SOCIOL 224—Social Class and Inequality (SB DU)
SOCIOL 242 – Drugs and Society (SB)
SOCIOL 287 – Sexuality and Society (DU SB)

WGSS 187 - Gender, Sexuality and Culture (DU I)
WGSS 290C - History of Sexuality and Race in the US (DU HS)


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
ACCOUNTG 472 - Corporate Taxation
ACCOUNTG 483 – CPA Law

AEROSPAC 442 – National Security Policy II
AEROSPAC 490 - Security Studies

AFROAM 295P - Seminar- Policing, Protest & Politics: Queers, Feminists, and #BlackLivesMatter
AFROAM 390M - Race and the American Story
AFROAM 391A - S-Political Thought of Martin & Malcolm

ANTHRO 297SR - Special Topics- Sex, Reproduction and Culture
ANTHRO 499D - Honors Thesis Seminar - Conquest by Law: The Use of Law to Subjugate and Marginalize in the U.S.

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

COMM 122 - Media Industries and Institution
COMM 297 RR – Race, Inequality, and Representation
COMM 397EC - Special Topics- Empowering Communities through Civic Engagement
COMM 397SS - Youth, Democracy and the Entertainment Industry

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

ECON 311 – Money and Banking
ECON 313 - Public Finance
ECON 330 - Labor in the American Economy
ECON 341 - Labor Economics
ECON 394FI – Finance and Society
ECON 394IO - Industrial Organizations
ECON 397EM – Economics of Immigration
ECON 397PA – Income Inequality and Policy Alternatives

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

GEOGRAPH 497N - S-National Parks and Protected Areas
GEOGRAPH 497R - Special Topics- Rethinking US Environmental Policy

HISTORY 364 - Gender and Race in US Social Policy History
HISTORY 397AR - American Reconstruction & Reunion
HISTORY 397JL – Social Justice Lawyering
HISTORY 397RR - History of Reproductive Rights Law
HISTORY 397SC –Sex and the Supreme Court
HISTORY 397TS - Histories of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, 1444-1867

HONORS 499D - Health and Health Care Inequality in the United States
HONORS 499DF - Honors Thesis- Freedom of Speech

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

LABOR 297S - Special Topics- Sports, Labor, and Civil Rights
LABOR 331 - Food and Labor

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

MIDEAST 392P - Seminar- Islamic Political Thought: From Revelation to Revolution

MILITARY 402 – Military Leadership and Management

NRC 310 – Community Forestry
NRC 409 - Natural Resource Policy & Administration
NRC 590C - Clean Energy and Climate Policy in Massachusetts
NRC 590TP - Adapting to Climate Change: Theories, Policy, & Action

POLISCI 297XH - Special Topics- The Science of Health Inequalities: the Politics of Policy Intervention
POLISCI 361— Civil Liberties
POLISCI 364 - Gender and Race in US Social Policy History
POLISCI 391E - Rules of War
POLISCI 394FI – Family and the State
POLISCI 395A - Constitutional Amendment Workshop
POLISCI 499DD - Honors Thesis - Health and Health Care Inequality in the United States, Second Semester

PSYCH 297F - Forensic Psychology
PSYCH 391PS - Seminar- Using Psychological Science to Inform Public Policy
PSYCH 391SS - S-Prejudice & Intergroup Relations
PSYCH 480 – Intellectual Disability: Concepts and Controversies
PSYCH 490P - International Perspectives on Disability

PUBHLTH 390P - Case Studies in U.S. Health Policy
PUBHLTH 450 - Comparative Health Care Systems
PUBHLTH 490J – Reproductive Justice

RES-ECON 397E - Special Topics- Economic Development and the Environment
RES-ECON 453 – Public Policy in Private Markets

SCH-MGMT 333 - Principles of Real Estate

SOCIOL 241—Criminology
SOCIOL 292W – Labor & Work in the US
SOCIOL 297S - Sports, Labor, and Civil Rights
SOCIOL 329 - Social Movements
SOCIOL 331 - Food & Labor
SOCIOL 341 – Social Welfare
SOCIOL 342 – Deviance and Social Order
SOCIOL 397PA – Probation and Parole

SPP 397N - Natural Resource Policy & Administration
SPP 497C - Catalyzing Change: Creating & Operating a Nonprofit

SPRTMGT 335 - Sport Law

STOCKSCH 182 - Principles of Pesticide Mgt
STOCKSCH 397R - Social Permaculture: Building Resilient Communities and Organizations

SRVCLRNG 390B - The Boltwood Project: Engaging with the Disabilities Community
SRVCLRNG 393TH - Tools for Democratic Change

WGSS 205 - Feminist Health Politics
WGSS 295P - Policing, Protest, and Politics: Queers, Feminists, and #BlackLivesMatter
WGSS 297TC - Intro to Transgender Studies
WGSS 393J - Critical Prison Studies
WGSS 395G - Gender, Sexuality, Race, and the Law: Critical Interventions
WGSS 397F - S. Asian Gender & Sexuality