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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Law and Society

Law and Society Minor
0101 Taliaferro Hall 
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

The minor in Law and Society focuses on exploring the relationship between law in the books and law on the streets.  It focuses on a variety of approaches to law as intended and experienced.  The minor is intended for students interested in expanding knowledge and skills in preparation for law school, graduate school, careers in the public and private sectors. The program consists of an integrated, interdisciplinary package of courses in research and analytic methods in applied social sciences and the humanities. 

Requirements of the program include completion of 18 hours between specified courses and selected field experiences. Students must take Law and Social Inquiry (or equivalent), an Experiential Component and accompanying colloquium, and a capstone experience. 

As part of the minor, students will choose 2 courses from one of three concentration tracks.  The UMD Carey School of Law will teach one course in each track:  Constitutionalism & International Law; Migration, Race & Ethnicity; Crime & Punishment. For more about the minor please visit: www.mlaw.umd.edu

Students are required to take the following courses:

  • MLAW304 Law and Social Inquiry (3 credits). This course will introduce students to legal reasoning, as well as to the history, institutions and procedures of law.  This course will be open to all students in the minor.
  • Experiential Component: (6 credits), selections based on the students’ chosen track of specialty.  This segment includes an internship or legal research for three credits (MLAW 399I) and a required three-credit colloquium about the legal profession (MLAW 401) during the internship semester
  • MLAW404 Law and Society capstone (three credits): The First Amendment from a law and society perspective (for example). This course will examine the First Amendment from the perspective of an overview, concentration on one current, and related topic. This topic will then be the focus of a final research project. Topics or themes may change.
  • Tracks (choose one concentration and 2 courses (6 credits): (upper level, exception by permission of Director)
    • Constitutionalism & International Law
    • Immigrants, Race & Ethnicity
    • Crime & Punishment
    • Student proposed concentration approved by the Director (i.e., Environmental Law; Business Law; Technology & Law)

All courses used to satisfy the requirements of the minor must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better. Must maintain GPA of 2.0 or better.

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