Director: Professor Wayne Batchis
Telephone: (302) 831-1934
Faculty Listing: http://www.udel.edu/Legal.Studies/faculty.html
The minor in Legal Studies provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to explore the law from an interdisciplinary perspective. The law is central to theories and research in the social sciences, humanities, business, and public policy. Courses concerned with law are available in a variety of departments including political science, sociology, communication, economics, history, accounting (business law), finance (corporate governance), applied economics and statistics (environmental law), marine studies, education, and urban affairs.
The minor program provides coherence and guidance in the study of law in at least four ways. First, each student minoring in Legal Studies is provided with an advisor who guides the student in constructing a coherent program. Second, the minor provides students with an opportunity to examine the law from a variety of perspectives. Third, the program offers both a substantive disciplinary introduction to law and an interdisciplinary introductory course in legal studies. Finally, it offers an interdisciplinary capstone experience with a senior seminar that requires a research paper.
This program is designed for any student who is interested in examining the law and its influence on society from a variety of perspectives. Legal studies is not a “pre-law” program, and it does not offer paralegal training. However, the program is a suitable minor for those who plan to pursue professional training. For information on Pre-Law Advisement, consult the Pre-Law web site at www.cas.udel.edu/prelaw.
In addition to offering a minor in Legal Studies, the program sponsors faculty seminars, a lecture series in the law, a student conference and research paper competition, and films.