Law-related classes for Fall 2021

Every semester, we provide this list of the amazing array of law-related and law-adjacent courses that might be of interest to students considering legal careers. Some of these courses are squarely focused on the law. Others are more in the nature of background learning that will help you more deeply understand the law and its place in our world. These 100+ courses can be found in over 30 different departments across 9 different colleges and schools at the University—and this is not even including the courses offered at the other four colleges in the area (which are not listed here). It’s not just that the law touches every aspect of our lives and your studies, but that every area of study can support your eventual legal career. So think broadly as you consider which courses to take while you’re here at UMass, and rest assured that you will find something of value in every class you take, even if it takes years to figure out just what it might be.

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 what you find meaningful, explore your interests.

You’ll find many 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 this coming Fall and does NOT include courses in Legal Studies, which are of course ALL law-related. This list also does NOT indicate availability – classes may be full (check SPIRE).

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

General Education (GenEd) Courses

AFROAM 132—African-American History 1619-1860 (DU HS)
AFROAM 236—History of the Civil Rights Movement (DU HS)

ANIMLSCI 260—Animal Care & Welfare (SI)

ANTHRO 205 – Power and Inequality in the US (DU SB)

ASIAN-ST 312 – Bridging Asia and Asian America (DG I)

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

ECON 105—Intro to Political Economy (DU SB)

EDUC 101 – Introduction to Education: Schooling in the United States (SB)
EDUC 115—Embracing Diversity (DU I)

HISTORY 121 – Modern Latin America (DG HS)
HISTORY 150, 151—US History (HS)
HISTORY 154 – Social Change in the 1960s (DU HS)
HISTORY 220 – Capitalism and its Alternatives in Latin America (DG HS)
HISTORY 242H – American Family in Historical Perspectives, Honors (DU HS)
HISTORY 264 – History of Health Care and Medicine in the U.S. (DU HS)

HONORS 260H – Science Informed Public Policy (DU SB)

JOURNAL 250 – News Literacy (DU SB)
JOURNAL 380 – African-American Freedom Struggle and the Press (DU HS)

PHIL 105 – Practical Reasoning (R2)
PHIL 110—Introduction to Logic (R2)
PHIL 160H—Introduction to Ethics, Honors (AT)
PHIL 163 – Business Ethics (AT)
PHIL 164—Medical Ethics (AT)
PHIL 170—Problems in Social Thought (SB)

POLISCI 171 – Introduction to Political Theory (SB)
POLISCI 181 – Controversies in Public Policy (DU SB)
POLISCI 272 – Democracy and Citizenship (HS)

PUBHLTH 129—Healthcare for All (DU SB)

RESECON 162 – Economics is Everywhere (SB)

SOCIOL 103—Social Problems (DU SB)
SOCIOL 106—Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity (DU SB)
SOCIOL 204 – Labor & The Global Economy (SB)
SOCIOL 222 – The Family (DU SB)
SOCIOL 223 – Work and Society (DU SB)
SOCIOL 224 – Social Class and Inequality (DU SB)
SOCIOL 242 – Drugs & Society (DU SB)
SOCIOL 316 – Environment and Society (DU SB)

SPP 110 – Transforming Your World: Introduction to Community Engagement (DU SB)

SRVCLRNG 192 – Self-Awareness, Social Justice and Service (DU SB)
SRVCLRNG 293 – Learning Through Community Engagement (DU SB)

STOCKSCH 355 – Community Food Systems

THEATER 190J – The Voice as Social Justice (AT)

WGSS 187—Gender, Sexuality and Culture (DU I)
WGSS 286 – History of Sexuality and Race in the US (DG HS)
WGSS 290B – Introduction to Sexuality Studies: Movements for Justice in the Contemporary World (DG SB)

Upper-Level Classes (not Gen Eds)
Prerequisites may apply and/or courses may be restricted to declared majors. Really want to take a class you’re not eligible for? Reach out to the professor—the worst that can result from a polite inquiry is an equally polite “Sorry, no.” But you’ll never know if you don’t ask!

ACCOUNTG 371 – Individual Taxation
ACCOUNTG 441 – Auditing
ACCOUNTG 472—Corporate Taxation

AEROSPAC 441 – National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty I

AFROAM 392C – Seminar- Civil War, Reconstruction, Black Resistance

ANTHRO 215 – Forensics: Myth and Reality
ANTHRO 499C – Conquest By Law – Honors Thesis

BCT 353 – Construction Project Management

COMM 122 – Introduction to Media Industries and Institutions
COMM 339 – Media and Public Policy
COMM 497GP – Special Topics- Internet Governance & Information Policy

COMPSCI 391L – Computer Crime Law: Technologies of Investigation and Privacy
COMPSCI 563 – Internet Law and Policy

ECON 308 – Political Economy of the Environment
ECON 311 – Money and Banking
ECON 313 – Public Finance
ECON 330—Labor in the American Economy
ECON 333 – Income Inequality and Policy Alternatives
ECON 340 – Economics of Health
ECON 347 – Economics of LGBT Issues
ECON 394EI – Economics and Ethics
ECON 499C – Honors Thesis- Social Values and Public Decisions: Philosophical & Economic Perspectives

ENVIRSCI 213 – Introduction to Environmental Policy

HISTORY 297WL – Women and the Law
HISTORY 363 – Civil War Era
HISTORY 364 – Gender and Race in US Social Policy History
HISTORY 397RL – Special Topics- Rape Law: Gender, Race, (In)justice
HISTORY 492MC – Seminar- A Global History of Modern Ethnic Cleansing: Testimonies, Experiences, Memories

HONORS 499CA – Bioterrorism: Interdisciplinary Perspective on International, Political & Scientific Challenges
HONORS 499CC – Honors Thesis- Debating Globalization
HONORS 499CG – Honors Thesis- American Struggles: Immigration and Mass Incarceration
HONORS 499CN – Women Organize for a Better World, First Semester

HT-MGT 320—Hospitality and Tourism Law

INFO 203 – A Networked World

MANAGMNT 260—Intro to Law
MANAGMNT 314 – Human Resource Management
MANAGMNT 361—Contracts in Business Relationships
MANAGMNT 390L – Labor and Employment Law for Human Resources

PHIL 370 – Intro to Social-Political Philosophy

POLISCI 318 – Russian Politics, Law and Society
POLISCI 383 – Energy Policy
POLISCI 391PC – Immigration: Politics and Policy
POLISCI 397P – Health Care Politics and Inequality in the US
POLISCI 499CD – Honors Thesis – Health and Health Care Inequality in the US

PSYCH 391DR – Seminar- International Disability Rights

PUBHLTH 390A – Policy of Obesity Prevention and Management
PUBHLTH 390CC – Climate Change and Health
PUBHLTH 397L – Special Topics- Public Health Law and Ethics
PUBHLTH 397V – Special Topics- Veterans and the VHA / Veteran Health Administration
PUBHLTH 490M – The Opioid Epidemic
PUBHLTH 499N – Honors Project- Public Policy and Citizen Action

RES-ECON 397C – Special Topics- Health Economics
RES-ECON 397W – Special Topics- The Economics of Water Policy
RES-ECON 453 – Public Policy in Private Markets

SCH-MGMT 333 – Principles of Real Estate

SOCIOL 241 – Criminology
SOCIOL 248 – Conformity and Deviance
SOCIOL 283 – Gender & Society
SOCIOL 297S – Special Topics- Sports, Labor, and Social Justice
SOCIOL 329 – Social Movements
SOCIOL 335 – Radical Movements
SOCIOL 344 – Gender and Crime
SOCIOL 349 – Race, Class, and Crime
SOCIOL 461 – Seminar on Race and Racism

SPP 397M – Special Topics- Making a Difference: Policies & Strategies for Social Change

SPRTMGT 335—Sport Law

WGSS 201 – Gender and Difference: Critical Analyses
WGSS 230 – Politics of Reproduction
WGSS 301 – Theorizing Gender, Race, and Power
WGSS 395J – Imagining Justice

By Diane Curtis
Diane Curtis Pre-Law Advisor & Senior Lecturer Diane Curtis