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Majors & Minors - Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Minor

In antiquity, Socrates held that the laws were his “true parent.” For then as now, laws help to constitute and regulate family, school, church, commercial, and governmental institutions. They therefore affect the lives of everyone throughout, although conversely human beings make the law. Legal foundations, developments, and effects are consequently of intrinsic interest and concern to many disciplines and their students. The Legal Studies curriculum is accordingly designed not so much for the pre-law student, as for any student whose liberal education seeks to understand the formative bases of human civilization and culture.

The campus advisor for the Legal Studies Minor is Professor Richard Powell of the Political Science Department (243 N. Stevens Hall). Questions about the Legal Studies Minor should be directed to him at (207) 581-1795 or

For information about general pre-law studies and/or advice for students interested in attending law school, contact Pre-Law advisor Crisanne Blackie (308 Memorial Union), at (207) 581-2587 or


A Minor in Legal Studies shall consist of 18 credit hours in courses that focus primarily on legal matters. A minimum grade of “C-“ must be obtained in each course used to satisfy the minor requirements. A list of courses that count toward the minor appears below. Departments occasionally offer other courses on legal topics that may count as well. Students should contact the campus advisor for the Legal Studies Minor (Professor Richard Powell) in order to determine if a particular course not listed below would count toward the minor.

(Detailed course information is available in the University of Maine online catalog)
AVS 153 – Animals and the Law
BUA 220 – The Legal Environment of Business
BUA 620 – Law, Business, and Society
BUA 622 – Business Law for CPAs
CET 451 – Construction Law
CHF 488 – Family Legal Issues
CMJ 375 – Mass Media Law and Regulation
CMJ 412 – Electronic Media Management and Programming
CMJ 530 – Mass Communication Law and Policy
EAD 531 – School Law for Administrators
ECO 368 – Economics of Regulation
EES 324 – Environmental Protection Law and Policy
ENG 229 – Topics in Literature (legal topics only)
FSN 436 – Food Law
HED 630 – Higher Education and the Law
HTY 499 – Contemporary Problems in History (legal topics only)
INT 105 – Environmental Policy
ISE 213 – Information Ethics
MSL 402 – Officership
NAV 304 – Leadership and Ethics
NMD 213 – Information Ethics
PAA 327 – Environmental Policy, Management and Regulation
PAA 405 – Administrative Law
PAA 410 – Local Government Law
PHI 244 – Philosophy of Law
PHI 250 – Formal Logic
PHI 344 – Theories of Justice
POS 282 – Introduction to American Law
POS 359 – Topics in American Government (legal topics only)
POS 383 – American Constitutional Law
POS 384 – American Civil Liberties
POS 484 – The American Constitution and Criminal Due Process
REP 424 – Environment Assessment and Management Techniques
REP 474 – Land Use Planning
SED 520 – Law and Policy Affecting Individuals
SIE 525 – Information Systems Law
SOC 214 – Crime and Criminal Justice
SOC 314 – Law and Society
SVT 221 – Boundary Law

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Political Science
5754 North Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5754
Phone: (207) 581-1871
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System