Law and Social Justice Applied Minor (AM)

The law and social justice applied minor provides an understanding of the role of law in the quest for social justice. You will examine major court decisions, the structure of the nation’s legal system and theoretical and philosophical assumptions about the law. You can also gain additional skills and knowledge important for law school success, including critical reading and thinking, verbal communication, collaborative work and, perhaps most importantly, an understanding of key social justice issues.

Program Details

By navigating the recommended courses, as well as taking advantage of extra-curricular opportunities, you will be in an excellent position to make a decision regarding whether to pursue a law degree after completing your undergraduate education.

In addition, you can also get involved with the Earlham Center for Social Justice, which equips you for lifelong engagement on social justice issues through initiatives that build skills and knowledge across the disciplines in and out of the classroom.

Applied minors (AMs) are distinctive programs allowing you to personalize your education and to help you make direct connections between academic interests and co-curricular activities.

Learn more about applied minors.

To obtain an applied minor in law and social justice, you need to complete five courses.

Three of the following courses:

    • POLS 111 Introduction to Politics
    • POLS 342 Congress and Public Policy
    • POLS 346 Constitutional Law
    • POLS 364 Power, Politics, Theory

Two of the following courses:

    • REL 330 Mass Incarceration and Moral Vision
    • ENG 350 Contesting America
    • ENG 353 Topics in Peace and Justice
    • HIST 121 Introduction to U.S. History to 1865
    • HIST 122 Introduction to U.S. History since 1865
    • MATH/PHIL 130 Symbolic Logic

Co-curricular activity
At least two of the following activities:

    • Participation in Earlham Student Government in a leadership position for at least 20 hours
    • Participation as student representative on a college-wide committee for at least 20 hours
    • Leadership position in ECMUN for at least 20 hours
    • Participation in FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend
    • Participate in a MUN Traveling Team
    • Volunteer with an advocacy organization for at least 20 hours

Culminating experience

    • A capstone portfolio to include
    • Title page with student name
    • Rationale for pursuing this applied minor
    • Short essay (under 1500 words that connects the rationale, courses taken, and co-curricular components)
    • Writing sample from course work
    • Resume highlighting this applied minor

View a full list of courses and their descriptions.

Our faculty

Our faculty will prepare you for the decision to pursue a law degree after completing your undergraduate education.

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