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The Law, Justice and Advocacy Minor offers a unique combination of experiential legal education and traditional academic inquiry. Area lawyers and judges train students to brief cases, advance through the stages of litigation in trial court and hone oral and written arguments. Courses in related disciplines such as history and philosophy develop the research, critical reasoning and writing skills that are necessary for students preparing to attend law school. The program is administered by the Department of History, Sociology, Geography and Legal Studies.

The program helps prepare those students who are considering law school or graduate school. Students must take introduction to law, justice and advocacy; one advocacy course (appellate advocacy or trial advocacy); two additional core courses (legal research and writing, ethics or constitutional history); and one law elective.


Megan Frain

The history major and the law, justice and advocacy minor have allowed me to feel both confident and prepared for this next step in my education. Studying history allows students to understand how laws have evolved in response to the times. I’ve also learned to research efficiently, which is essential for law. The minor’s Legal Research and Writing class is preparing me to read cases and analyze information quickly."

— Megan Frain ’21, History major with law, justice and advocacy minor