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 Spring 2024

  • *HIST 209 History of Native American Indians
  • LGS 410 Senior Seminar Legal Studies
  • PSYC 221 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 233 Psychology and the Law
  • PSYC 475 Psychology Senior Practicum: Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law
  • SOCY 291 Sociology of Collective Memory

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

August 31, 2023