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Minor

The minor in Legal Studies exposes students to a range of course offerings in Legal Studies. The minor is situated in Weinberg College, but is open to undergraduates in all schools. Unlike the major, there is no application process to be a minor, nor is a thesis required.

Before declaring the Legal Studies minor, students must have taken (or be in the process of taking) LEGAL ST 206 "Law and Society"; a second course (either offered by Legal Studies or on the approved list of electives) is recommended.

To complete the minor, students must take 206 and five other law-related electives approved by the program. (These may be Legal Studies courses, or those on our list of approved electives.) At least three of these courses must be at the 300-level. 

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 to schedule a time to fill out the required paperwork.

 


Legal Studies Minor Requirements

To declare: LEGAL ST 206 (also taught as SOCIOL 206) is required; 1 other elective requested.

6 Courses Total

No courses may be double-counted.*

*Requirements listed as “related courses” in another major may be double‐counted towards the minor. Our electives are not considered "related courses". Double counting rules can be complicated; review these FAQs on the Weinberg website.

These minor requirements have been in effect since Fall 2016.


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



 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I Petition to Graduate with a minor in Legal Studies?

You must first complete the minor worksheet (see below) then make an appointment with Ann Kelchner, the undergraduate program assistant, to review the worksheet and get your petition forms signed.

It is recommended you petition about a year before you plan to graduate. For the forms, deadlines, and more information about petitioning to graduate, please visit the Registrar’s website.

Do I need to apply for the minor?

No. Once you have completed (or are in the process of taking) LEGAL ST 206 (or SOCIOL 206), you can make an appointment to declare the minor.

Is a thesis required for the minor?

No. Only majors take the LEGAL ST 398 thesis writing sequence.

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 the Legal Studies 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 Weinberg Office of Undergraduate Advising at 1922 Sheridan Ave so they can update your record.

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

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

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