Students will begin their exploration of law in society with the introduction to legal studies and conclude it with a senior seminar in legal studies, which will encompass a directed research project within a selected theme or topic.

"Introduction to Legal Studies" is a survey course which attempts to expose students to a variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of law and legal phenomena. It is intended for students who have attained at least sophomore standing and have had some exposure to the social sciences, usually through an introductory course. The senior seminar in legal studies is open to juniors and seniors who have taken Introduction to legal studies and at least two other courses counting toward fulfillment of the concentration requirements (or to students with permission of the director).

View a full listing of all courses that count toward the Law and Society Concentration.

Approved Courses for Fall 2024

  • LGLS 110: Introduction to Legal Studies
  • PSCI 355: Immigration, Citizenship and National Identity
  • PSCI 499: Democracy in Crisis
  • PSCI 470: Power, States, and Markets
  • PSYC 221: Abnormal Psychology

Approved Courses for Spring 2025

  • HIST 209: History of North American Indians
  • HIST 322: Human Rights in Latin America
  • LGLS 310: Crimmigration Law
  • LGLS 410: Senior Seminar in Legal Studies
  • PSCI 200: Liberal Democracy in America
  • PSCI 300: Congress and Public Policymaking
  • PSCI 447: Inequality and Democracy
  • PSYC 221: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 343: Children, Psychology, and the Law
  • SOCY 226: Sociology of Law

Courses appearing with an asterisk (*) satisfy the concentration’s “philosophy of law” requirement; any of the remaining courses may be used to fulfill the “law as social institution” requirement. For more information about the content and/or approach of any particular course listed in the non-LGLS selection of courses, you are encouraged to consult the Course of Study and/or the instructor teaching the course.

For more information about the Law and Society Program or the concentration in legal studies, contact Director Margaret Stevenson at

May 1, 2024