• Law and Social Change (Minor)

  • Overview

    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 transformation.

    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 that fulfill requirements

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. 

    Subject Area

    Course Options


    Introduction to Law and Social Change (required)ULEC 2862 Law and Social Change
    Law or law-related coursesChoose from approved electives. See the course catalog for fall '24 approved electives. 15
    Total credits:  18 

    Learning Outcomes

    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 Quentin Bruneau, program director of Law and Social Change, at [email protected].

  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on my.newschool.edu in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

  • Take The Next Step

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