Law and Public Policy, Minor

The law and public policy minor offers students an opportunity to obtain a thorough understanding of the U.S. legal system and to use that knowledge to examine current law and policy debates. In the LPP minor core courses, students have the opportunity to watch a criminal and/or civil trial, participate in a moot court before a panel of “judges,” and listen to speakers from both the public and private sector (for example, a superior court judge and assistant attorney general). While the minor is well-suited for students interested in pursuing a career in law and/or policy, it is invaluable for students in any field of practice, as law affects all professions and facets of everyday life.

For more information, contact the program director, Professor Dan Urman, 310 Renaissance Park, 617.373.6145,

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Required Courses

A grade of B or higher is required in the following two courses:
LPSC 1101Introduction to Law4
LPSC 2301Introduction to Law, Policy, and Society4

Law and Public Policy Course

Complete one of the following:4
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Topics in Law and Public Policy
Advanced Debates in Law and Public Policy

Elective Courses

Complete two of the following courses not used to satisfy the requirements above:8
Politics of Poverty
Public Policy and Black America
Special Topics in Anthropology
Legal Argumentation, Advocacy, and Citizenship
Communication Law
Free Speech in Cyberspace
Free Speech: Law and Practice
The Death Penalty
Human Trafficking
Criminal Due Process
Global Criminology
Psychology of Crime
Youth Crime and Justice
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Race, Crime, and Justice
Juvenile Law
Police Strategy
Political Crime and Terrorism
Advanced Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Economics of Crime
International Food Policy
Environmental Economics
Law and Economics
Rhetoric of Law
Advanced Writing for Prelaw
Environmental Planning
Issues in Corporate Governance (for business students only)
Gender and Reproductive Justice
Law, Justice, and Society in Modern China
History of Capitalism in East Asia
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression
International Conflict and Negotiation
The First Amendment and the Media
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Topics in Law and Public Policy
Understanding the Modern Supreme Court
Advanced Debates in Law and Public Policy
Copyright Law for Musicians
Introduction to Economic Justice
Philosophical Problems of Law and Justice
Social and Political Philosophy
Judicial Process and Behavior
Public Policy and Administration
Law and Society
International Law
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties
Energy Transitions and Climate Resilience: Technology, Policy, and Social Change
Violence and Society
Gender in a Changing Society
Gender and Reproductive Justice
“The Wire” and the Study of Urban Inequalities
Law and Society in a Digital World
Gender and Reproductive Justice
Gender, Social Justice, and Transnational Activism
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law

GPA Requirement

3.000 GPA required in the minor