Legal Studies Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Legal Studies formally guides and encourages the exploration of law and its influence in society.  The curriculum blends challenging course options in students’ home disciplines with relevant interdisciplinary electives to facilitate an interest in and an appreciation for the beneficial application of theory and research through the vehicle of law.

  • The 21 credit hour minor consists of 6 uniformly required courses and 3 directed electives
  • Students must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative TTU GPA to declare Legal Studies
  • A grade of C or better in each class is needed to complete minor requirements
  • A minimum of nine credits must be completed in residence at Texas Tech University
  • For more information or to meet with a Legal Studies Advisor, please email prelaw@ttu.edu or call 806-742-2189

As you select which elective courses you will include on your Legal Studies Minor, it is your responsibility to consider the prerequisites for each course. Refer to your Undergraduate Catalog for course prerequisite information. DO NOT WAIT until the last semester (or even your last year) before graduation to take your Legal Studies Minor courses. Not all courses are offered every semester. Unfortunately, your failure to prepare and plan ahead could result in your graduation being delayed.

Legal Studies Minor Required Coursework

With emphasis on academic and institutional engagement, utilization of resources, intellectual agility, and future application, the following 12 credit hours of coursework are required for all Legal Studies Minor students.

  • IS 1100: Tech Transition:  Freshman Seminar
    • For Freshmen only! All other students must see Legal Studies Advisor for substitution requirements, proposal, and approval.
  • LIBR 1100: Introduction to Library Research
  • PHIL 2310: Logic
  • ENGL 2311: Introduction to Technical Writing
  • COMS 3313: Persuasion
  • IS 4100: Strengths-Based Senior Seminar

Elective Coursework

The remaining 9 credit hours will be divided among the three curricular learning objectives of the minor:   Communication, Social Science, and Professional Practice.  Student will select one course from each category. Courses required explicitly and without alternative by a student’s declared major may not be used to fulfill elective coursework in the Legal Studies minor.

COMMUNICATION ELECTIVES

  • COMS 3314: Argumentation & Debate
  • COMS 3332: Intercultural Communication
  • COMS 3356: Leadership & Communication
  • ENGL 2391: Introduction to Critical Writing
  • ENGL 3362: Rhetorical Criticism
  • ENGL 3365: Professional Report Writing
  • MCOM 3320: Mass Communications Law
  • THA 2301: Introduction to Acting

SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVES

  • HDFS 4343: Family Law & Public Policy
  • HIST 4324: Courts & Capitalism
  • PHIL 2320: Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 3321 : Philosophy of Law
  • POLS 3350: Criminal Process
  • POLS 3351: The Judicial Process
  • POLS 3352: Constitutional Law: Powers
  • POLS 3353: Constitutional Law: Limitations
  • PSY 4305: Abnormal Psychology
  • SOC 3327: Sociology of Law & Policing
  • WS 4327 or HIST 4327: Gender, Race, & Class in U.S. Law

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE ELECTIVES

  • AAEC 4320: Agribusiness Law
  • AHCM 4314: Quality Assurance and Risk Management
  • AHCM 4318: Healthcare Law and Ethics
  • ARCH 5392: Professional Practice
  • BA 3302: Financial & Managerial Accounting
  • BLAW: Business Law (choose any course)
  • ECO 3326: Industrial Organization, Antitrust, & Reg.
  • EDLD 5340: Educational Law
  • ENGR 4392: Engineering Ethics & Impact on Society
  • HONS 2311: Seminar in International Affairs
  • PFP 3301: Personal & Family Finance
  • PSY 4384: Forensic Psychology
  • RHIM 4313: Legal Aspects of Hospitality Industry
  • WE 4311: Wind Energy Law and Regulatory Issues (new course, to be offered starting Spring 2012.  Open to all Legal Studies minors.)

TTU Prelaw Program

Students who are interested in attending law school should begin preparing long before graduation. The discipline of law is for students who are interested in combining precision in thinking, researching, and writing with a desire to work with people. While many graduates of law choose to practice in the courtroom, others leverage their newly developed skills to excel in other fields. A law education equips students for success in a law practice, public service, teaching, and business. Through a structured four-year process, the TTU Prelaw Program cultivates the undergraduate to become a confident and articulate law school applicant bearing exceptional qualifications.