Fall 2022 Law-Related Courses

 

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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 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 (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 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 Spring. 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 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)

ECON 105 — Intro to Political Economy (DU SB)
ECON  121 – International Economy (DG 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  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)
HISTORY  383 – American Environmental History (HS)

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

JOURNAL  250 – News Literacy (DU SB)

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 101 – American Politics (SB)
POLISCI  171 – Introduction to Political Theory (SB)
POLISCI  181 – Controversies in Public Policy (DU SB)

PUBHLTH 129 — Healthcare for All (DU SB)
PUBHLTH  389 – Health Inequities (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  224 – Social Class and Inequality (DU SB)
SOCIOL 242 – Drugs & Society (DU SB)
SOCIOL  244 – Sociology of Immigration (SB)
SOCIOL  245 – Race & Society (DU SB)
SOCIOL  262 – Globalization and Inequality (SB)
SOCIOL 287 – Sexuality and 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)

SUSTCOMM  225 – Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Equity (DU SB)

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
ACCOUNTG  483 – CPA Law

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

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  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 340 – Economics of Health
ECON 341 – Labor Economics
ECON  394EI – Economics and Ethics
ECON 394LI – Law and Economics

ENGLISH  494SI – Literature and Social Justice

ENVIRSCI  213 – Introduction to Environmental Policy

GEOGRAPH  420 – Political Ecology

HISTORY 297WL – Women and the Law
HISTORY  364 – Gender and Race in US Social Policy History
HISTORY  375 – US Constitutional History II
HISTORY  394EI – Human Rights & Energy in Eurasia
HISTORY  397ES – Special Topics- US Empire and Solidarity in Central America
HISTORY  397RL – Special Topics- Rape Law: Gender, Race, (In)justice

HONORS  499CC – Honors Thesis- Debating Globalization
HONORS  499CG – Honors Thesis- American Struggles: Immigration and Mass Incarceration

HT-MGT 320 — Hospitality and Tourism Law

INFO  203 – A Networked World

JOURNAL  445 – Journalism & 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  356 – International Law
POLISCI  383 – Energy Policy
POLISCI  391PC – Immigration: Politics and Policy
POLISCI 499CD – Honors Thesis – Health and Health Care Inequality in the US

PSYCH  391DR – Seminar- International Disability Rights

PUBHLTH  390CC – Climate Change and Health
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 260 — Intro to Law
SCH-MGMT  333 – Principles of Real Estate
SCH-MGMT  350 – Professional Ethics in Contemporary Society

SOCIOL 241 – Criminology
SOCIOL  248 – Conformity and Deviance
SOCIOL  297S – Special Topics- Sports, Labor, and Social Justice
SOCIOL  329 – Social Movements
SOCIOL  335 – Radical Movements
SOCIOL  342 – Deviance & Social Order
SOCIOL  344 – Gender and Crime
SOCIOL 349 – Race, Class, and Crime
SOCIOL  461 – Seminar on Race and Racism

SPP  197A – Special Topics- Controversies in Public Policy
SPP  197P – Special Topics- Adulting: Problems, Policy, and Practice in an Age of Precarity
SPP  297DP – Special Topics- The (Digital) Public Sphere
SPP  397M – Special Topics- Making a Difference: Policies & Strategies for Social Change

SPRTMGT 335 — Sport Law

SUSTCOMM  397P – Special Topics- Planning Tools and Techniques

WGSS  201 – Gender and Difference: Critical Analyses
WGSS  230 – Politics of Reproduction
WGSS  395J – Imagining Justice

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