Declaring the Major and Academic Requirements

Before Declaring the Major

All students are required to complete Legal Studies 10 (Introduction to the Legal Process) with a grade of "C" or better prior to declaring the Legal Studies major. This course is normally taken during the first year. 

To Declare the Major

Complete a Declaration of Major form and the Legal Studies Program Worksheet for the Major. If you are declaring a double major or major/minor you will also need an Academic Planning form. Use the Legal Studies section of the UCSC General Catalog if you need help identifying the major requirements and completing your Worksheet for the Major.

Bring your completed declaration of major and major worksheet forms to the undergraduate adviser in Merrill-27 during office hours to get declared.


Legal Studies Major Requirements:

Lower-Division Course Requirements—2 courses

Upper-Division Course Requirements—2 courses

Core Course Requirements—6 courses

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

Comprehensive Requirement—1 course


Requirements for the Minor

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

Print and complete the Petition for Major/Minor Declaration and the UCSC Academic Planning form, then bring all completed paperwork to Merrill 27 during the Undergraduate Adviser's office hours.