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2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Minor: Legal Studies

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Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18

GPA requirements to earn minor: Students graduating with a minor in a CLAS field must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better in the courses in the minor field that are credited toward completion of the minor.

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 requirements:  A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of Maine.

Contact Information: Mark D. Brewer, Professor, 13A North Stevens Hall, (207) 581-1871, mark.brewer@maine.edu

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 Mark Brewer of the Political Science Department (113A N. Stevens Hall). Questions about the Legal Studies Minor should be directed to him at (207) 581-1863 or mark.brewer@maine.edu

For information about general pre-law studies and/or advice for students interested in attending law school, contact Pre-Law advisor Lisa M. Carter (300 Memorial Union) at (207) 581-1359 or lisa.m.carter@maine.edu


A Minor in Legal Studies 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 minimum of 9 Legal Studies credits must be taken at UMaine. 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 Mark Brewer) in order to determine if a particular course not listed below would count toward the minor.


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