About the Minor

The Law and Society Minor is an interdisciplinary and experiential approach to the study of law and its impact on society.  This 18-credit, upper-level learning opportunity is designed to help students understand law, critically analyze it, and use it as an instrument of change.  Students will be introduced to law and society scholarship through courses taught by University of Maryland’s faculty across a wide variety of departments and programs as well as law faculty from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  Coursework will challenge students’ assumptions about law and its function in society. It will encourage them to think creatively and critically about law’s place in society, and provide opportunities for them to create change.

Students will have an opportunity to tailor the minor to their academic interests by pursuing a track in Constitutionalism & International Law; Immigration, Race, Gender and Ethnicity; Crime & Punishment; or a student proposed track (must be approved by the department).  Students will apply concepts studied in the classroom to real work situations by completing a law related internship based on the track/concentration chosen for their minor experience.  Students will also have opportunities to interact with leaders in the legal field; attend law related events and activities in the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore areas; and have opportunities to visit the Supreme Court, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, and administrative law courts in the nation’s capital.

The Law and Society minor draws inspiration from the University’s proximity to the nation’s capital and the practical experiences that real world internships, research projects, and field opportunities provide. It also draws from the University’s world-class faculty in law-related fields.  Very few public universities can provide opportunities for students to visit and work in Congress, federal and administrative courts, or offices of the United Nations; the Department of Justice; the American Bar Association, RFK Memorial Center for Human Rights, the World Bank; or the U.S. National Central Bureau of Interpol.

MLaw's collaboration with the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law will provide faculty, classes and other resources to the minor. The faculty of University of Maryland Carey School of Law will teach a minimum of two elective courses in the minor. Further, undergraduates will have the opportunity to work with the law school faculty and law students, as well as make use of ongoing activities and resources that will take place at the law school.  As a result, the University of Maryland is the only public university in the vicinity to combine rigorous academics, experiential learning and the sort of collaborative and interdisciplinary practices that have been the benchmark of internationally renowned law and society programs across the country.

The Law and Society Minor:

  • Provides interdisciplinary training in law and society
  • Provides students with an opportunity to expand analytic and research skills
  • Provides skills for possible careers in Washington, D.C.
  • Provides opportunities for students to meet national leaders and visit and work in governmental and nongovernmental institutions and organizations
  • Provides access to law school faculty who will teach courses in the concentration tracks