Western Kentucky University

Legal Studies

United States Supreme CourtG.F. Watts, "The Law-Givers" at Lincoln's Inn, LondonSymbols of Law, the gavel and lawbookThe Royal Courts of Justice in LondonLinda Brown at the U.S. Supreme Court, 1954

United States Supreme Court

G.F. Watts, "The Law-Givers" at Lincoln's Inn, London

Symbols of Law

The Royal Courts of Justice in London

Linda Brown at the U.S. Supreme Court, 1954

The Legal Studies minor provides students an interdisciplinary perspective while fostering greater understanding of the law as it relates to history, the sciences, and ethics in the United States and around the world.  While this minor will appeal to pre-law students, it can also serve as a background for a wide variety of careers, including public administration, academics, government, homeland security, non-governmental organizations and law enforcement.

Why Legal Studies?

Legal Studies allows students from a broad range of disciplines to focus their studies using their own majors as a launching point for exploring how the study of law cuts across disciplinary lines.  It offers courses in a wide variety of subjects, including philosophy and ethics, American legal history, political process, constitutional law, sociology and criminal justice, business, journalism and broadcasting, economics and property law, and environmental law and regulations. 

Legal Studies prepares students for a wide variety of careers in law, business, journalism and broadcasting, public policy, and sciences.  A future FBI agent, attorney, or advisor to a Fortune 500 company will need to understand not only environmental law, for example, but also the history of law in the United States as well as the ethical underpinnings of business law and ethics.  For science majors, Legal Studies provides an interdisciplinary supplement to their major.

For more information, contact Dr. Patricia Minter.

 Last Modified 7/23/13