Justice and Ethics in the Law Minor

The Justice and Ethics in the Law (JEL) minor emphasizes the ethical, business, social, and political structures that underlie the law. This interdisciplinary minor examines how justice is defined in legal regimes as well as the ethical issues raised by the enforcement of law, legal procedure, conflicting rights, and the making (and maintaining) of constitutions. All students will have the opportunity for an internship. JEL emphasizes skills that may be applied to academic and professional life: analytic and problem solving skills; critical reading ability of complex texts; writing skills including preparing and revising papers; oral communication and listening abilities; and research and time-management skills. Given the number of writing intensive, diversity, globalization, social science, and ethics intensive classes listed in the minor, students may satisfy much of the General Education Program through the minor.

Internships must be related to justice, ethics, or law, please see JEL Director for permission to approve course.


  • Dr. Christopher Close, HIS

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Jeffrey Bone, MGT
  • Dr. Laura Bucci, POL
  • Dr. Michael Kates, PHL
  • Dr. Chunrye Kim, SOC
  • Dr. James O’Sullivan, THE
  • Dr. Paul Patterson, ENG

Goal 1: Students will develop logical reasoning skills. 

Objective 1.1: Demonstrate ability to analyze legal cases.

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interrelationship between law, ethics and justice in a multi-disciplinary context.

Objective 2.1: Demonstrate basic knowledge of similarities and differences in the concept of justice in moral, historical, or legal contexts.

Objective 2.2: Identify and explain fundamental questions of ethics. 

Objective 2.3: Describe how justice is defined in legal (as opposed to ethical) contexts.

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between law and social justice in a multi-disciplinary context. 

Objective 3.1: Define conceptions of social justice.

Objective 3.2: Compare and contrast conceptions of social justice in moral, historical, or legal contexts.

Total of six courses:

  • Two core courses in Legal Reasoning (one from the College of Arts and Sciences and one from the Haub School of Business)
  • Two Ethics-Intensive courses (see approved list)
  • Two Electives (see approved list)

Note: No more than three courses may be taken in the same department and no class may count twice as part of the minor.

Legal Reasoning Courses

Minors must take two Legal Reasoning courses (MGT 360MGT 361, or MGT 362  and one course from the College of Arts and Sciences) that expose students to logical reasoning, reading cases, writing briefs, and/or research.  Students may take additional Legal Reasoning courses and count them as electives.

College of Arts and Sciences
PHL 210Logic and the Law3
PHL 270Special Topics in Philosophy 13
POL 150First Year Seminar 13
POL 270Special Topics 13
POL 310Constitutional Politics3
POL 311Const Law:Rights & Civil Lib3
POL 312Social Controv & Supreme Court3
POL 408Capstone: The Armed Citizen?3
SOC 270Special Topics 13
SOC 345Law and Social Policy3
SOC 360Sociology of Law3
Haub School of Business
MGT 360Legal Environment of Business3
MGT 361Introduction to Law Honors3
MGT 362Legal Environ't of Business II3

Ethics Intensive Courses

Minors must take at least two Ethics-Intensive courses. Students may take additional Ethics Intensive courses and count them as electives.

ENG 405Early Tudor Gender Power & Lit3
ENV 102Environmental Ethics3
HIS 204Latin American-U.S. Migration3
HIS 341Genocide & Human Rights3
HIS 472Seminar in European History 13
HSC 251Healthcare Law and Ethics3
HSC 368Just Hlth Care Dev Nations3
or THE 368 Just Hlth Care in Dev Nations
LIN 260Language and the Law3
MGT 210Business Stakeholders & Ethics3
MGT 310Breaking News in Bus. Ethics3
PHL 262Freedom, Citizenship, Culture3
PHL 270Special Topics in Philosophy 13
PHL 311Philosophy of Law3
PHL 320Business, Society and Ethics3
PHL 330Social and Political Phil3
PHL 334Ethics and Criminal Justice3
PHL 336Violence and Non-Violence3
PHL 338Vio & Recnciliatn in N. Irelnd3
POL 367Ethics inInternational Affairs3
PSY 236Ethics in Psychology3
SOC 260Language and the Law3
THE 261Christian Social Ethics3
THE 366Christian Medical Ethics3
THE 372Technology Ethics3
THE 373Economic Ethics3


Minors must take two Elective courses. Additional courses may be indicated on the schedule with the Justice and Ethics in the Law attribute.

ACC 422Forensic Accounting3
COM 451Privacy/Surv in the Dig Era3
COM 475Crime, Justice, & Media3
ECN 455Antitrust and Regulation3
ENG 377Inside-Out3
ENG 429The Civil Rights Movement3
ENG 433Environmental Justice3
ENG 444Race, Class, and Gender3
ENG 451N. Ireland Conflict & Story3
ENG 467Communication and the Law3
ENG 492English Internship 23
HIS 319Reform/Rev in Europe 1500-16503
HIS 327Early Modern Europe 1400-18003
HIS 329Crime & Punishment in Europe3
HIS 348Witches in Early Modern Europe3
HIS 379Black History Since Civil War3
HIS 491Philadelphia Area Internship 23
LIN 220Logic3
MGT 222Influence,Negotiation&Conflict3
MGT 363International Business Law3
MGT 364Bus Law-Entrepreneurial Firms3
MGT 365Employment and Labor Law3
MKT 352Sports Law3
PHL 220Logic3
PHL 240Symbolic Logic3
PHL 256Freedom and Determinism3
PHL 377Inside-Out3
POL 306Political Participation in US3
POL 313Public Policy3
POL 320Injustice & the Law3
POL 326Protesting Inequality3
POL 328U.S. Immigration3
POL 331Latin American Politics3
POL 402Capstone: Contentious Pol inUS3
POL 407Capstone: Theories of Justice3
POL 409Capstone: Global Migration3
POL 411Washington Internship I 23
POL 412Washington Internship II 23
POL 491Philadelphia-Area Internship 23
SOC 206Theories of Crime3
SOC 207Juvenile Justice3
SOC 225Intro to American CJ3
SOC 264Criminal Courts & Procedures3
SOC 267Introduction to Corrections3
SOC 377Inside-Out3

These courses only count towards the minor when they cover certain topics. Students should consult with the instructor and the Justice and Ethics in the Law Director to confirm.


Students must have any internship certified by the Justice and Ethics in the Law Director in order to count for credit towards the minor. Sociology has internships offered through independent study that may accommodate law, justice, and ethics work.