Major and Minor Degree Requirements

Major Requirements - 11 courses

**Please note that requirements listed on this page are the most up-to-date requirements. Your Advisement Report on MyUCSC is still in the process of being reconfigured and will not reflect these requirements. 


Students will take a total of 11 legal studies courses - 2 lower-division and 9 upper-division courses:


Lower Division Course Requirements - 2 courses total (Lgst 10 + 1 of the following Phil courses)

  • LGST 10 Introduction to Legal Process
  • PHIL 7 - Elementary Logic, or
    PHIL 9 - Introduction to Logic, or
    PHIL 22 - Introduction to Ethical Theory, or
    PHIL 24 - Introduction to Ethics: Contemporary Moral Issues, or
    PHIL 27 - Business Ethics


Constitutional Law (choose one of the following courses):

  • LGST 111A Constitutional Law* or
  • LGST 111B Civil Liberties*


Global Law (choose one of the following courses): 

  • LGST 116 Comparative Law* or
  • LGST 160B International Law

Core Course Requirements - 6 courses total (1 courses from each bullet point, remaining three from any thematic area)


Comprehensive Requirement (choose one of the following options):

  • LGST 195AB Senior Thesis (2-3 quarters) or
  • LGST 196 Senior Capstone (1 quarter)


* Each course can be used to satisfy only one requirement (for eample, Lgst 111A cannot satisfy both Constitutional Law req and Public Law & Institution req).

Minor Requirements - 6 courses

To complete a minor in legal studies, students must take LGST 10 (pass with a grade of a C or better) and five upper-division legal studies core courses numbered 101-190 of their choosing

  • Lgst 10
  • Lgst Upper-div #1
  • Lgst Upper-div #2
  • Lgst Upper-div #3
  • Lgst Upper-div #4
  • Lgst Upper-div #5


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