MIT’s Legal Studies Concentration

The Legal Studies Concentration introduces students to the academic field of legal studies. Scholars in legal studies draw on disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. The concentration likewise expects students to sample the breadth of legal studies as an interdisciplinary field by exploring the law from multiple perspectives.

Students will study legal texts and practices, the role of law in processes of social change, and the relationship of law to other forms of intellectual inquiry. Concentrators will develop analytical skills commonly associated with legal reasoning, gain an understanding of the practice of law in the United States and other nations, and explore law’s relationship to social structures such as politics, economics, and identity.

Concentration requirements: four subjects, selected in consultation with the Concentration Advisor, with at least two from the “Law and Social Science” subfield. A HASS Concentration may include only one subject that also counts toward the HASS Distribution Requirement. Additional subjects cannot count as HASS Distribution subjects in your degree audit.

Learn more on the Legal Studies Concentration website: https://shass.mit.edu/undergraduate/interdisciplinary/conc/legal