UGA School of Law to offer undergraduate minor in law

Monday, March 22, 2021

The University of Georgia School of Law is pleased to announce that it will begin offering an undergraduate minor in the fall of 2021.

“The Minor in Law, Jurisprudence, and the State will help UGA undergraduate students understand how the law works, how the law matters and how it can be used to create a career that makes a difference whether they intend to become a lawyer or not,” Logan E. Sawyer III, the school’s director of undergraduate studies and associate professor of law, said. “Having a fundamental foundation in the law is increasingly important in today’s highly regulated, legislated and litigated work environments and is beneficial for many career paths.”

The minor’s flexible curriculum is specifically designed for UGA undergraduate students by allowing them to integrate their legal studies with other academic interests and courses of study. There are two required courses that are taught by School of Law faculty – Foundations of American Law and Law, Justice, and the State – while the other three elective courses can be chosen from classes taught by faculty at the law school or other units across the university. 

“One of the great things about this minor is that students can build their own version with a variety of classes at the law school – from trial practice to international law or legal history – or they can satisfy the minor’s requirements with classes from UGA’s 20-plus colleges and departments,” Sawyer said.

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, according to School of Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge. “This program of study will provide an enhanced understanding of the connections between law, society, citizenship and democracy and will sharpen students’ critical thinking skills,” he said. “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.”

UGA undergraduate students interested in the Minor in Law, Jurisprudence, and the State should consult their academic advisers and visit https://www.law.uga.edu/law-minor.