About Justice and Legal Thought

Justice and Legal Thought examines the connections between justice and the law from the individual and institutional perspective, challenging students to ask: “What is the right thing to do?” 

Students are taught by faculty in the government, philosophy and history departments as well as law faculty from Carey School of Law. Coursework challenges students’ assumptions about law and its function in society and encourages them to think creatively and critically about the role of law to advance a just society.  Students gain research experience while developing important skills in critical thinking, argumentation, and problem solving.

Justice and Legal Thought welcomes students of all majors who are interested in an innovative, interdisciplinary, and experiential approach to the study of justice and the law.

Active Learning

The university’s location, near Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., provides unique opportunities for students to investigate justice as it pertains to real-world situations.  Students engage in service-learning experiences and law-related internships of their choice.  In addition, events, lectures and opportunities offered by MLaw programs offer students the ability to network with law school faculty and national, state, and local leaders.

Students take field trips to the Supreme Court of the United States, Georgetown Law Center, Carey School of Law, the Holocaust Museum, and more.  Simulations such as mock trial, debate and star power further help students apply concepts studied in the classroom.

Colloquium and Lecture Topics

  • What is law?  What is justice?
  • To what extent does law advance or impede justice?
  • How do substantive law, procedural law, constitutional law, and international law interact to promote or compromise justice?
  • What can students do to advance justice?

Curriculum Overview

The following table represents a typical four-year curriculum, but individual schedules may vary. Details about courses and requirements can be found on the Justice and Legal Thought Citation Checklist.

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Freshman Fall   Freshman Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Scholars Colloquium 1 Scholars Colloquium 1
Justice and the Law 3 Law in a Just Society 3
3-4 Courses toward degree and major requirements 9-12 3-4 Courses toward degree and major requirements 9-12
Sophomore Fall   Sophomore Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Scholars Colloquium 1 Scholars Capstone 2
4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15 4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15

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