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  Jul 20, 2017
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Minor: Legal Studies

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Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to earn minor: None.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor: A minimum grade of “C-” must be obtained in each course used to satisfy the minor requirements.

Other GPA requirements to earn minor: None.

Contact Information: Richard J. Powell, Associate Professor, 243 North Stevens Hall, (207)581-1795

In antiquity, Socrates held that the laws were his “true parent.” For then as now, laws help to constitute and regulate family, school, church, commercial, and governmental institutions. They therefore affect the lives of everyone throughout, although conversely human beings make the law. Legal foundations, developments, and effects are consequently of intrinsic interest and concern to many disciplines and their students. The Legal Studies curriculum is accordingly designed not so much for the pre-law student, as for any student whose liberal education seeks to understand the formative bases of human civilization and culture.

The campus advisor for the Legal Studies Minor is Professor Richard Powell of the Political Science Department (243 N. Stevens Hall). Questions about the Legal Studies Minor should be directed to him at (207) 581-1795 or

For information about general pre-law studies and/or advice for students interested in attending law school, contact Pre-Law advisor Crisanne Blackie (308 Memorial Union) at (207) 581-2587 or

A Minor in Legal Studies Minor shall consist of 18 credit hours in courses that focus primarily on legal matters. A minimum grade of “C-” must be obtained in each course used to satisfy the minor requirements. A list of courses that count toward the minor appears below. Departments occasionally offer other courses on legal topics that may count as well. Students should contact the campus advisor for the Legal Studies Minor (Professor Richard Powell) in order to determine if a particular course not listed below would count toward the minor.


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