Minor in law

As a result of a new partnership between Wayne Law and other WSU schools and colleges, undergraduate students can now earn a minor in law through special undergraduate law courses taken at Wayne Law and taught by Law School faculty. Three different law minors are available, each in partnership with a different school in the university—one minor is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, one by the Mike Ilitch School of Business, and one by the School of Social Work. Each of the three law minors involves the same three core courses in law taught by Wayne Law professors, but has other course requirements that vary depending on the minor.

The program will launch in winter 2020 with its first two offerings, Law and Harm (LEX 5010) and Legal Procedure (LEX 5020).

Undergraduate students who wish to take any of the three core courses in law without doing the minor are welcome to do so.

For more information, please contact Nikki Taylor-Vargo, director of non-J.D. programs, nikkitv@wayne.edu or (313) 577-2733.

Program specific information

Law School courses

In general, the LEX courses should be taken only when a student has reached junior level status. However, a student who has successfully completed at least 45 credit hours may request an exception to permit enrollment in one or more of the LEX courses before attaining junior level status. Exceptions will be granted only in the case of special circumstances and with permission of (1) the student's academic advisors for both the student's major and the minor in law and (2) the director of non-J.D. programs for the Law School.  

  • Law in Social Context

    3 cr., LEX 5000

    This course presents law as an evolving social institution, introducing basic concepts of law along with the fundamentals of legal analysis. It covers several substantive areas, with a particular focus on property in both its traditional common-law form and in its newer statutory contexts (ex. intellectual property). What does it mean to own something? What makes someone a legal owner of something? What kinds of things can be owned, what things can’t, and why?

  • Law and Harm

    3 cr., LEX 5010

    This course presents the basic concepts of law and the fundamentals of legal analysis, giving in-depth attention to the fields of tort and criminal law and using them to examine how law conceives of, regulates, and adjudicates questions of harm. When can you sue a person or a group for harming you? On the street or in a business, what makes something a crime, and why do we prosecute and punish crimes the way we do?

  • Legal Procedure

    3 cr., LEX 5020

    This course examines the lifecycle of a case in court. It discusses how a lawsuit begins with the filing of a complaint and how it ends in a judicial order, and it covers everything else that happens along the way—with special attention paid to things like negotiation and settlement. This course introduces legal concepts like “due process of law,” and explores the procedural similarities and differences between civil cases, criminal cases, and administrative proceedings.