The University of Georgia School of Law - one of the nation's top law schools - now offers an undergraduate minor to help students better understand how the law works, how the law matters, and how it can be used to create a career that makes a difference.
The curriculum is specifically designed for UGA undergraduate students, with classes taught by some of the same law professors who teach the School of Law's Juris Doctor students. These award-winning professors will help you learn how lawyers use the law to bring justice to their clients and society.
The Minor in Law, Jurisprudence, and the State has built in flexibility so you can integrate your legal studies with your other academic interests and course of study. You can build your own version of the minor with a variety of classes at the law school - from trial practice to international law or legal history. You can also satisfy the minor's requirements with classes from over 20 different colleges and departments across the university.
If you are headed to law school, you can prepare yourself by taking law classes from full-time law professors, but this minor is not just for aspiring lawyers. Understanding the operation of law and its effects are important to an enormous number of careers. Politicians, business leaders, journalists, activists, counselors and others can all benefit from learning how legal professionals analyze problems and how their analysis can shape the economy, politics, society and culture. Ultimately, this minor extends the School of Law's commitment to educating not just the next generation of lawyers but the next generation of leaders for state and society. We hope you will join us.
How the Program Works
The Minor in Law, Jurisprudence, and the State will prepare UGA students to be leaders in their communities by providing them an enhanced understanding of the connections between law, society, citizenship and democracy and by sharpening their critical thinking skills. It will benefit those intending to go to law school, while also providing a competitive advantage for those seeking careers where the understanding of the operation and effects of the legal system is important, but where the actual jobs do not require a Juris Doctor.
Completion of the Minor in Law, Jurisprudence, and the State will require 15 total hours, comprised of:
Two required courses (6 hours total) taught by School of Law faculty:
- Foundations of American Law (JURI 3233-3233D or JURI 3233E-3233D) (3 hours)
- Law, Justice, and the State (JURI 2990-2990D) (3 hours)
Three elective courses (9 hours total) taught by School of Law faculty or other UGA units.
The Minor in Law, Jurisprudence, and the State is designed to help students better understand how the law works, how the law matters, and how it can be used to create a career that makes a difference. The program allows students to take classes with some of the same professors who teach UGA’s Juris Doctor students and integrate those legal studies with their other academic and professional interests. It thus offers a unique opportunity for students interested in a legal career, as well as students who plan to take other career paths but recognize the importance the law plays through society.
Here are a few comments that reflect the response of our students:
“Law classes originally caught my eye because I like to learn about current events and how Supreme Court decisions are made through the law, but after I took your class, I realized there was a lot more to law, and I wanted to know more.”
"The courses under the UGA Law school undergraduate minor undeniably gave me a distinct advantage in law school. The required courses, both taught by UGA law professors, feel like law school and simulate what law classes are truly like. The skills worked on in the course, namely reading cases and making an argument, are paramount for law school students and I cannot recommend the minor enough to undergraduate students who believe they want to attend law school. Paired with the UGA ‘Pre-Law’ program, the courses are a strong foundation for law students."
“Since I started at UGA, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. I have always had a passion for fairness and been interested in crime but never knew how I wanted to use those passions, so I was undecided. For the last year I have taken what feels like every single intro class UGA offers to see what sparked my interest but never found something that I was super passionate about until taking your class. Because of how much I have enjoyed your class (from the content to the way you teach) I just recently declared a double major in sociology and intended CJ and I am planning on applying to the law minor. I know you mostly teach in the law school but I just wanted you to know how much of an impact this class, and you as a professor, have played in my decision to declare my major!”
“I feel your class prepared me the most for law school. The legal subject matter and style of the class are obvious contributors to this preparation, but it was really the way the class pushed me outside of my comfort zone that prepared me most. Not only did the class push me to think about the material in a different way than I had before, but also the structure of the class gave me the confidence in myself to know that I could successfully construct an argument and defend it, no matter how nervous I felt.”
“This has been one of the most rewarding courses I've ever taken at UGA. I've always held out law as an area I might want to go into, but I had never had a chance to explore whether or not it was the direction I wanted to go in until this class. This class inspired me to actually want to try to go to law school at some point in the future.”
The Minor in Law, Jurisprudence, and the State is a high-demand minor, which means that the number of students who may take the minor is limited. Students may apply for admission only upon meeting entrance eligibility requirements. Even if all eligibility requirements are met, admission is not guaranteed.
To qualify for the minor, you must:
- be a current UGA undergraduate,
- have a minimum 12 UGA (institutional) credit hours (grades posted)
- have a minimum cumulative GPA at UGA of 3.2, and
- have fulfilled the UGA general education U.S. Constitution requirement, either by passing the required examination or by completing a course that provides an exemption.
Fulfillment of these application requirements must be documented in a UGA student record when the application is submitted--no exceptions.
To apply for admission to the minor, a student must also submit:
- the grade in the class used to satisfy the UGA general education U.S. Constitution requirement, if available, and
- a personal statement of no more than 600 words that explains why you hope to minor in Law, Jurisprudence, and the State.
The next application window for the minor will be Spring 2023.