Law and the Liberal Arts
Law and the Liberal Arts

» Critical thinking about the role of law in our lives.

Law and Liberal Arts Law and the Liberal Arts is an interdisciplinary minor that studies the role of law in society and politics. The goal of the minor is to prepare one to think critically and analytically about the role of law in our lives, using the tools of a well-rounded education in the liberal arts. It also teaches one core competencies that help prepare for law school admissions.

The minor has two tracks of elective courses, which bring together courses from across the curriculum. These tracks are organized around a theme: (1) Justice, Morality, and the Law; (2) Global Justice and International Law.

The required courses includes Writing in the Legal Context (as well as Symbolic Logic, Introduction to Microeconomics). Writing in the Legal Context has been developed in cooperation with the Chapman University School of Law’s Library, and will teach one how to find, access and interpret legal source materials.

Alexis Reekie
‘23, B.A. Political Science, B.A. in Philosophy, Minor in Law & the Liberal Arts
I have always planned on going to law school. Being able to declare a minor that not only allows me to pursue this future but also provide me with insight into different majors, has been invaluable.
Derrick Davidian
'24, B.A. Peace Studies, Minor in Law & the Liberal Arts
I decided on adding the Law and Liberal Arts minor because the minor highlights topics of pre-law, philosophy, and logic, which I believe will help prepare me for the rigor of the LSAT and law school.

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Program Director

Bas Van Der VossenDr. Bas van der Vossen is an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department and the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy. He specializes in political philosophy, philosophy of law and political economy. You can reach him via bvanderv@chapman.edu or his personal website.