The Law and Social Change minor is offered through Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.
This minor introduces you to the world of law in the context of a critical and socially conscious New School liberal arts education. The key objective of the minor is to enable you to employ the law as an instrument of social change. You develop an understanding
of how law and legal institutions exert power and control and how the law produces systemic forms of harm. At the same time, you deepen your understanding of the practice of law as a means of addressing and undoing harm and as a mode of democratic
The minor offers you opportunities to go beyond classroom education to engage with and learn from activist legal practices in New York City. Moving beyond the technical jargon typical of legal education, the minor is designed to demystify the
law, making it relevant to your life experiences and to your other scholarly interests. The minor enables you to understand, use, and challenge the law as a critically engaged agent of democracy. Learn more about the Law and Social Change program.
This minor requires successful completion of at least 18 credits. Students will complete the required ULEC course and select four to five elective courses.
Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework in other subject areas to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.
1The course is currently known as LPOL 2015 Constitutional Law but will be re-coded as LLAW 2015 as of fall 2022. Students who have completed LPOL 2015 cannot enroll in LLAW 2015 for credit and vice versa.
2The course is currently known as LPOL 3026 Dispute Resolution but will be re-coded as LLAW 3026 as of fall 2022. Students who have completed LPOL 3026 cannot enroll in LLAW 3026 for credit and vice versa
3The course is currently known as LPOL 3008 Rights of the Accused but will be re-coded as LLAW 3008 as of fall 2022. Students who have completed LPOL 3008 cannot enroll in LLAW 3008 for credit and vice versa.
A student who has completed this graduate minor will:
Be familiar with key concepts and functions of law in key domains: constitutional, criminal, property, and international law
Appreciate the relationship between law and ethical claims for justice, equality, and freedom
Be able to contextualize law in light of world-historical developments and contemporary social and political developments
Be able to apply legal reasoning to specific problems
Be familiar with practitioners and organizations pursuing legal strategies in the context of contemporary social movements
The Law and Social Change minor is available to undergraduate degree students across The New School.
Students can retroactively apply successfully completed courses toward a minor upon declaring or applying. After a student successfully completes a minor's requirements, the minor will appear on the student's academic transcript at graduation.
For questions about this minor, please contact Sandipto Dasgupta, assistant professor, director of Undergraduate Studies, and Departmental Faculty Advisor, Politics, at [email protected].