Minor

The minor in Legal Studies exposes students to a range of course offerings in Legal Studies. Unlike the major, there is no application process to be a minor, nor is the Advanced Research Seminar required.

The minor is situated in WCAS, but are open to undergraduates in all schools. We are currently transitioning between minor requirements; please consult the chart below to determine which set of requirements you are eligible for.

Before declaring the Legal Studies minor, students are required to have taken LEGAL ST/SOCIOL 206 "Law in Society," and a second course included on the approved list of electives is strongly recommended. You do not have to wait to declare if you are currently taking these courses. *Note: Students who entered the University prior to Fall 2014 are exempt from the LEGAL ST 206 requirement, both as a pre-requisite to declare and as a graduation requirement, but it is highly recommended.

Students interested in declaring a minor in Legal Studies should contact Ann Kelchner, the Program Assistant for the Center for Legal Studies, at legalstudies@northwestern.edu.

Catalog Requirements:
Academic years 2012‐13
Academic years 2013‐14
Catalog Requirements:
Academic year 2014‐15
Academic year 2015‐16
Catalog Requirements:
Academic year 2016‐17
2 electives requested to declare the
minor.
206 required to declare the minor
(2015 on), 1 other elective requested.
206 required to declare the minor,
1 other elective requested.
8 total courses required for minor,
4 at the 300‐level.
8 total courses required for minor,
4 at the 300‐level.
6 total courses required for minor,
3 at the 300‐level.
206 not required for the minor. 206 required for the minor (2014 on). 206 required for the minor.
No courses can be double‐counted.* No courses can be double‐counted.* No courses can be double‐counted.*
Minors must take at least one course
from each area category:
A. Theory/Philosophy
B. Global/Comparative Perspectives
C. Institutions/Organizations/Economics
D. Law and Inequality
E. Legal Argument/Communications
Minors must take at least one course
from each area category:
A. Theory/Philosophy
B. Global/Comparative Perspectives
C. Institutions/Organizations/Economics
D. Law and Inequality
E. Legal Argument/Communications
No area category requirements.

*Courses listed as “Related courses” may be double‐counted towards the minor without limit. Double counting rules can be complicated; review these FAQs on the Weinberg website.


Students can easily track their progress by completing the appropriate minor worksheet:



Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I know which set of requirements apply to me?

WCAS guidelines stipulate that students can follow any set of requirements in effect during their undergraduate years. For example, if you entered Northwestern in 2013, you can choose to follow the requirements from the 2013, 2014, 2015, or 2016 Undergraduate Catalog—but you can’t pick and choose the requirements you like best from each.

I started in Fall 2012 – which minor requirements apply?
The new minor requirements take effect in Fall 2016; if you are graduating in Spring 2016, you will need to follow the catalog requirements for 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, or 2015-16. You are not eligible for the catalog requirements that take effect in Fall 2016.
I started in Fall 2013 – which minor requirements apply?
Assuming you are graduating within the 2016-17 academic year, you may follow any set of catalog requirements (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, or 2016-17).
I started in Fall 2014 – which minor requirements apply?
You may follow the catalog requirements for 2014-15, 2015-16, or 2016-17 (or those for subsequent years).
I started in Fall 2015 – which minor requirements apply?
You may follow the catalog requirements for 2015-16 or 2016-17 (or those for subsequent years).
I am starting in Fall 2016 – which minor requirements apply?
You must follow the catalog requirements for 2016-17 (or those for subsequent years).
What requirements apply if I enrolled at Northwestern in 2013 but did not declare the Legal Studies minor until 2015?
Your eligibility depends on the year you enrolled at Northwestern, not the year you declared the minor.
How do I tell you which set of requirements I want to complete?
You will declare this on your petition to graduate. We are happy to discuss them with you and help you work out a plan.
How do I Petition to Graduate with a minor in Legal Studies?

We suggest you first complete the appropriate minor worksheet (see options below) then make an appointment with Ann Kelchner, the undergraduate program assistant, to review and get your forms signed. For more information about Petitioning to Graduate please visit the Registrar’s website.

How do I drop the minor or switch from a major to a minor, or vice versa?

To drop the minor, or to switch from an adjunct major or major to a minor, simply make an appointment with Ann Kelchner, the undergraduate program assistant. You'll have to get a Declaration form signed - you’ll then take the form to the WCAS Office of Undergraduate Advising at 1922 Sheridan Ave so they can update your record.

In order to switch from a minor to the adjunct major or major, you'll have to go through the application process.

Note that the double-counting rules for courses change a lot when you switch between the adjunct major, standalone major, and the minor. Review those rules on the Weinberg website.

Do I need to apply for the minor?
No.
Is a thesis required for the minor?
No.