Apr 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Scripps Catalog 
2020-2021 Scripps Catalog

Legal Studies Major

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Requirements for the Major

A major in Legal Studies requires a minimum of 10 courses including a senior thesis, selected in consultation with the student's adviser from law-related courses at any of the Claremont Colleges. The course requirements and examples of courses that satisfy those requirements are as follows:

Breadth of Study (four courses)

Of the ten required courses for the major, students must take at least one course in four of the following five tracks:

1.  Legal Institutions

2.  Law and Behavioral Sciences

3.  Law and Social Order

4.  Legal Theory and Jurisprudence

5.  Law and Culture

Concentration (four courses)

In consultation with the student's adviser, students will select four additional courses that build a specific competence in depth. Examples of such concentrations include but are not limited to: Constitutional Law, Crime and Criminality, The Prison System, Legal Decision Making, Psychology and Law, Law and Social Movements, Feminist Legal Theory, Critical Race Theory, Law and Literature, or Environmental Law.

Elective (one course)

  • One course within the major

Senior Thesis (one course)

  • Senior Thesis in Legal Studies

Honors Requirements

Students may pursue an honors in Legal Studies by fulfilling the following additional requirements:

  1. Maintain a GPA in the major of 11.0.
  2. Receive a grade of A- or better on the thesis.
  3. Successfully defend the thesis in an oral examination.

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