Declaring the Major and Academic Requirements

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. 

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.

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

Major Requirements - 11 courses

Lower-Division Course Requirements - 2 courses

  1. Legal Studies 10/Introduction to Legal Process
  2. Philosophy 9/Logic, 22/Intro to Ethical Theory, or 24/Intro to Ethics: Contemporary Moral Issues

Upper-Division Course Requirements - 2 courses

  1. LGST 111A/Constitutional Law or LGST 111B/Civil Liberties
  2. LGST 160B/International Law (or - starting Fall 2018 - LGST 116/Comparative Law)

Core Course Requirements - 6 courses (2 in each area)

Theory - 2 courses
Public Law and Institutions - 2 courses 
Law and Society - 2 courses

Comprehensive Requirement—1 course

 196/Senior Capstone or 195AB/Senior Thesis

Minor Requirements - 6 courses

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.