48 months
38654 USD/year
38654 USD/year
10766 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Legal Studies is an undergraduate major in the College of Letters & Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison. The program's mission is to provide a liberal education across traditional disciplines, focusing on the theory and operation of law and legal institutions.


The courses in the Legal Studies major offered by the University of Wisconsin Madison expose students to the many facets of law as a social phenomenon—its evolution, function, motivating ideas and effects. The major is not intended as preparation for law school because the emphasis is on exploring broadly defined questions about law from a variety of perspectives, rather than on training for the profession. The legal studies major is, however, suitable for pre-law students.

The curriculum is designed around the following five themes: Legal Institutions, Processes of Legal Order and Disorder, Law and Social Forces, Law and Culture, and Law and Theory.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze and articulate their own arguments about how social, political, and cultural phenomena shape law and legal systems.
  • Analyze and articulate their own arguments about the social, political, and cultural impacts of law at the societal and individual levels.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about how legal ideas and ideologies have changed over time and have shaped law and legal systems.
  • Demonstrate their abilities to find, interpret, and utilize resources relevant to law and society.
  • Demonstrate their abilities to analyze information, to write clearly and persuasively, and to construct original arguments.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Business Law
  • The Legal Profession
  • Law in Action
  • Sociology of Law
  • American Legal History to 1860
  • American Legal History, 1860 to the Present
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Law and Economics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Fall Early Action: November 1


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admissions application
  • Application fee
  • Course and grade information from grades 9-12
  • Two essays: tell us about your academic and personal achievements
  • One required letter of recommendation
  • English language proficiency
  • Official test scores: scores from either the ACT or the SAT 

Tuition Fee

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    38654 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 38654 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    38654 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 38654 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10766 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10766 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Madison

1015 - 1752 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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