Law

Major: Law
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Minimum Required Credits: 180.0
Co-op Options: No Co-op (Four years); One Co-op (Four years); Three Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 22.9999
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 23.2011; 23.2099; 13-1041

About the Program

Law permeates every aspect of contemporary American life. All of us encounter and interact with the law on a daily basis, whether through the criminal justice system, innovations in technology and business, or compliance with state and federal laws. The undergraduate BA in Law prepares students for post-graduate study in law and fields such as public policy, as well as careers that do not require a licensed attorney, but where a sound understanding of the law and the complex nature of the regulatory state are essential. A series of required courses builds skills in critical thinking, reasoning, written and oral communication, and in the understanding of legal doctrines. Students will learn foundational concepts in public and private law and acquire the requisite skills to find, read, and interpret case law and statutes.

The Law major also requires that students complete a minor or second major so that their broad knowledge of law is deepened by study in a particular substantive field. This well-rounded course of study, especially when combined with Drexel’s strength in experiential education, will leave students prepared to apply their skills and understanding of U.S. law and legal systems in a variety of post-graduate educational and employment settings.

Admission Requirements

Standard admissions requirements for Drexel students. No additional specific requirements.

Degree Requirements

The Law BA requires 180.0 credits. Electives taken will depend on which courses are selected in the degree requirements.

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Humanities & Fine Arts Requirements
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Additional English Course (Any ENGL 200+)3.0
Social Sciences Requirements
CJS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
PSCI 110American Government4.0
PSCI 220Constitutional Law I4.0
Quantitative Skills Requirements
One Math course (Any MATH 100+)3.0-4.0
Scientific Literacy Requirement
Two Science courses **6.0-8.0
Culture & Society Requirement
Four courses from Culture & Society course list ***14.0-16.0
Major Requirements
LAW 101Law & Society4.0
LAW 102Law Lab2.0
LAW 110American Legal Systems4.0
LAW 135Foundations of Legal Research2.0
LAW 201The Role of the Common Law in the American Legal System4.0
LAW 210Public Law: Legislation and Regulation4.0
LAW 301 [WI] Legal Reasoning4.0
LAW 315Power, Professionalism, & the Law4.0
LAW 495Capstone Seminar in Law4.0
Major Electives28.0
At least 12.0 of these 28.0 credits must be LAW courses at the 200-level or above
Up to 16.0 of these 28.0 credits may be pre-approved electives outside of LAW (see list below)
Free Electives64.0-59.0
Students are required to complete a minor (24.0 credits) or second major as part of these remaining credits
Total Credits180.0
*

Students not participating in co-op will take one additional credit of free elective instead of COOP 101.

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major. 

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

**

Any Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHEM), Geoscience (GEO), Nutrition (NFS), Physics (PHYS), or Environmental Science (ENVS) course

***

See Culture & Society course list

Pre-Approved Electives for the Major

Up to 16.0 credits may be taken from this list toward the 28.0 credits of Major Electives

ANTH 250Anthropology of Immigration3.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
BLAW 320Information Privacy, Data and the Law4.0
BLAW 342Criminal Law4.0
BLAW 358Employment Law4.0
BLAW 360Intellectual Property and Cyber Law4.0
CJS 200Criminology3.0
CJS 210Race, Crime, and Justice 3.0
CJS 261Prison, Society and You 3.0
CJS 290Crime and Public Policy3.0
CJS 320Comparative Justice Systems3.0
CJS 360Juvenile Justice3.0
CJS 362Gender, Crime, and Justice3.0
CJS 376Sentencing3.0
EAM 220Law for Entertainment and Arts Management Managers3.0
EAM 221Copyrights and Trademarks3.0
EDUC 312Educational Policy, Law & Advocacy3.0
ENSS 283Introduction to Environmental Policy3.0
ENSS 346Environmental Justice4.0
GST 221Introduction to Global Capital and Development3.0
GST 241Introduction to Power and Resistance3.0
HIST 214United States Civil Rights Movement4.0
HIST 215American Slavery4.0
HIST 216Freedom in America4.0
HIST 222History of Work & Workers in America4.0
HIST 293Global Legal History4.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSAD 322Health-Care Law3.0
HSAD 335 [WI] Health-Care Policy3.0
JWST 222Comparative Religious Ethics 3.0
PBHL 304Introduction to Health & Human Rights3.0
PBHL 314Environmental and Occupational Health3.0
PBHL 316Drugs, Society, and Public Health3.0
PHIL 241Social & Political Philosophy3.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
PHIL 330Criminal Justice Ethics3.0
PHIL 385Philosophy of Law3.0
PSCI 229Theories of Justice4.0
PSCI 252Global Governance4.0
PSCI 260 [WI] Power in Protest: Social Movements in Comparative Perspective4.0
PSCI 284Environmental Politics4.0
PSCI 353International Human Rights4.0
PSCI 363Constitutional Law II4.0
PSCI 364Constitutional Law III4.0
PSCI 366Supreme Court and American Politics4.0
PSY 270Psychology of Hate3.0
PSY 370Forensic Psychology3.0
PSY 371Law and Psychology3.0
SOC 205Criminology & Criminal Justice3.0
SOC 210Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality4.0
SOC 221Sociology of the Family 4.0
SOC 222Sex and Society4.0
SOC 230Gender and Society4.0
SOC 320Sociology of Deviance4.0
SOC 346Environmental Justice4.0
WGST 225Women & Human Rights Worldwide3.0
WGST 275Women's Health and Human Rights3.0

Culture & Society Courses

AFAS - 100-499
ANTH - 100-499
ARBC - 100-499
ARTH 301Asian Art and Culture3.0
BACS 100Life Span Human Development3.0
CHIN - 100-499
COM 101Human Communication3.0
COM 210Theory and Models of Communication3.0
COM 240New Technologies In Communication3.0
COM 342English Worldwide3.0
COM 345Intercultural Communication3.0
COM 355Ethnography of Communication3.0
COM 360Strategic International Communication3.0
ECON 342Economic Development4.0
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
EDUC 411Family and Community Partnerships3.0
ENGL 203 [WI] Survey of World Literature3.0
ENGL 204Post-Colonial Literature3.0
ENGL 207 [WI] African American Literature3.0
ENGL 307Literature of Genocide3.0
ENGL 325Topics in World Literature3.0
ENGL 355 [WI] Women and Literature3.0
ENGL 350Jewish Literature and Civilization3.0
ENGL 492Seminar in World Literature3.0
ENVS 323Tropical Field Studies3.0
FREN - 100-499
GER - 100-499
GST - 100-499
HBRW - 100-499
HIST 161Themes in World Civilization I4.0
HIST 162Themes in World Civilization II4.0
HIST 163Themes in World Civilization III4.0
HIST 203United States History since 19004.0
HIST 216Freedom in America4.0
HIST 222History of Work & Workers in America4.0
HIST 235The Great War, 1914-19184.0
HIST 236World War II4.0
HIST 251Fascism4.0
HIST 255Twentieth Century Russia & the USSR4.0
HIST 257The Reformation Age4.0
HIST 263The World and China4.0
HIST 264East Asia in Modern Times4.0
HIST 267Twentieth Century World I4.0
HIST 268Twentieth Century World II4.0
HIST 270 [WI] Introduction to Latin American History4.0
HIST 271History of Mexico4.0
HIST 285Technology in Historical Perspective4.0
HIST 303The Study of Global History4.0
HIST 320Disaster in Global History4.0
HIST 321Themes in Global Environmental History4.0
HIST 333U.S.-Mexican War4.0
HIST 338 [WI] The Vietnam War4.0
HIST 355Venice and the Mediterranean from the Middle Ages to Napoleon4.0
HIST 370Conquest of Mexico4.0
HIST 385Transnational History of Science, Technology and Environment4.0
HRM 435Wine Regions of the World3.0
HSAD 316Health Care across Cultures3.0
ITAL - 100-499
JAPN - 100-499
JWST - 100-499
KOR - 100-499
LING 102Language and Society3.0
MKTG 357Global Marketing4.0
MUSC 331World Musics3.0
PHIL 102Introduction to Eastern Philosophy3.0
PHIL 110Introduction to Philosophy3.0
PHIL 212Ancient Philosophy3.0
PHIL 241Social & Political Philosophy3.0
PHIL 251Ethics3.0
PHIL 291Judaism and Christianity: Two Religions or One?3.0
PHIL 335Global Ethical Issues3.0
PHIL 391Philosophy of Religion3.0
PSCI 140Comparative Politics I4.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
PSCI 252Global Governance4.0
PSCI 255International Political Economy4.0
PSCI 260 [WI] Power in Protest: Social Movements in Comparative Perspective4.0
PSCI 351The United Nations in World Politics4.0
PSCI 352Ethics and International Relations4.0
PSCI 353International Human Rights4.0
PSCI 375Politics of Immigration4.0
PSY 150Introduction to Social Psychology3.0
PSY 252Death and Dying3.0
PSY 254Psychology of Sexual Behavior3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
SOC 115Social Problems4.0
SOC 210Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality4.0
SOC 230Gender and Society4.0
SOC 240Urban Sociology4.0
SOC 276Global Climate Change3.0
SOC 313Sociology of Global Health4.0
SOC 330Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South4.0
SOC 340Globalization4.0
SPAN - 100-499
WGST - 100-499

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4-year, no co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0VACATION
LAW 1014.0LAW 1104.0LAW 2014.0 
LAW 1022.0LAW 1352.0Free Electives8.0 
PSCI 1104.0PHIL 1053.0  
UNIV H1011.0Free Elective3.0  
 14 15 15 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CIVC 1011.0CJS 1013.0Culture & Society Course4.0VACATION
COM 2303.0PSCI 2204.0Free Elective4.0 
LAW 2104.0Major Elective4.0Major Elective3.0 
Free Electives8.0Quantitative Skills Course4.0Scientific Literacy Course4.0 
 16 15 15 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
UNIV H2011.0LAW 3154.0LAW 3014.0VACATION
ENGL Course (200+ Level)3.0Culture & Society Course4.0Culture & Society Course3.0 
Free Elective3.0Free Elective4.0Free Elective4.0 
Major Electives7.0Scientific Literacy Course4.0Major Elective4.0 
 14 16 15 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
LAW 4954.0Culture & Society Course3.0Free Electives14.0 
Free Electives7.0Free Electives7.0Major Elective3.0 
Major Elective4.0Major Elective3.0  
 15 13 17 
Total Credits 180

4-year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0VACATION
LAW 1014.0LAW 1104.0LAW 2014.0 
LAW 1022.0LAW 1352.0Free Electives7.0 
PSCI 1104.0PHIL 1053.0  
UNIV H1011.0Free Elective3.0  
 14 15 14 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CIVC 1011.0CJS 1013.0LAW 3014.0ENGL Course (200+ Level)3.0
COM 2303.0COOP 101*1.0Culture & Society Course4.0Culture & Society Course3.0
LAW 2104.0PSCI 2204.0Free Elective4.0Free Elective3.0
Free Electives8.0Major Elective4.0Scientific Literacy Course4.0Scientific Literacy Course4.0
 Quantitative Skills Course4.0  
 16 16 16 13
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
UNIV H2011.0LAW 3154.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
Free Electives6.0Culture & Society Course4.0  
Major Electives7.0Free Elective4.0  
 Major Electives4.0  
 14 16 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
LAW 4954.0Culture & Society Course3.0Free Electives12.0 
Free Electives7.0Free Electives7.0Major Elective3.0 
Major Elective4.0Major Electives6.0  
 15 16 15 
Total Credits 180
*

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

5-year, 3 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 101 or 1113.0COOP 101*1.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0VACATION
LAW 1014.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0LAW 2014.0 
LAW 1022.0LAW 1104.0Free Electives7.0 
PSCI 1104.0LAW 1352.0  
UNIV H1011.0PHIL 1053.0  
 Free Elective3.0  
 14 16 14 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CIVC 1011.0CJS 1013.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
COM 2303.0PSCI 2204.0  
LAW 2104.0Major Elective4.0  
Culture & Society Course4.0Quantitative Skills Course4.0  
Free Elective3.0   
 15 15 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
LAW 3014.0ENGL Course (200+ Level)3.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
Culture & Society Course4.0Free Elective4.0  
Free Elective3.0Major Elective4.0  
Scientific Literacy Course4.0Scientific Literacy Course4.0  
 15 15 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
UNIV H2011.0LAW 3154.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
Culture & Society Course3.0Free Electives7.0  
Free Elective4.0Major Elective4.0  
Major Electives6.0   
 14 15 0 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
LAW 4954.0Free Electives12.0Free Electives14.0 
Culture & Society Course3.0Major Elective3.0Major Elective3.0 
Free Elective4.0   
Major Elective4.0   
 15 15 17 
Total Credits 180
*

Co-op cycles may vary. Students are assigned a co-op cycle (fall/winter, spring/summer, summer-only) based on their co-op program (4-year, 5-year) and major.

COOP 101 registration is determined by the co-op cycle assigned and may be scheduled in a different term. Select students may be eligible to take COOP 001 in place of COOP 101.

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