About the Program

The minor in Legal Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program about law rather than vocational training in law. Recognizing the critical role that law plays in human society, it examines the ways people in different cultures and historical periods have used the law and understood its purposes. It is designed to guide students towards courses that will deepen and expand their understanding of the law as practiced, especially its influence on social and economic institutions, while also providing students with the critical skills needed to excel in law school. As such, the minor encourages students to draw not only upon the humanistic and social scientific offerings of the College of Arts & Sciences, but also to take advantage of courses in the schools of Business, Engineering, and Social Work.




"The WashU Legal Studies minor has given me the opportunity to study both practical applications and ethical implications of the U.S. Legal system across a variety of industries. I view the law as a language, and the Legal Studies minor has given me a basic proficiency that will be crucial in my future role when negotiating and analyzing contracts."

―Nicole ThraumClass of 2020