Fascinated by politics, power, and the inner workings of the legal system? Join a community of scholars who share your passion. Investigate the values and practices of legal institutions, and become emboldened to advocate for justice.
About the Legal Studies Program
The legal studies minor at Mills enables you to supplement your major area of study with coursework that provides a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to the US legal system. Dedicated professors will help you combine core courses with electives that explore issues you are passionate about. The analytical and communication skills you hone will prepare you for graduate study and careers in law, nonprofit and public sector management, politics, and policy analysis.
In a small, collaborative classes taught by practicing lawyers, you’ll investigate American constitutional law. You’ll wrestle with pressing concerns about equal rights for women and minorities, voting rights, and citizenship in a spirited learning community. Practitioners who visit classes and speak at special events will provide exposure to different pathways within the legal profession.
You’ll be encouraged to gain hands-on experience by participating in the Moot Court oral arguments. During this simulated day-in-court, you’ll address questions based on facts of a fictitious case before a panel of professors and attorneys. You’ll also have opportunities to observe court systems in action. If you’re interested in majoring in the field, see our politics, economics, policy, and law (PEPL) major with a concentration in legal analysis. View our program details for in-depth details on the minor.
Courses You Could Take
Law & Society
American Constitutional Law
Theories of Race & Ethnicity
Activism in the Digital Age
Law & Public Policy