Law, Societies & Justice

College of Arts and Sciences

Law, Societies and Justice (LSJ) offers opportunities for students to understand the complex roles of law in society. Law takes multiple forms and performs a wide array of important functions. At the same time, the work of law is shaped by numerous political, economic, social, cultural and geographic factors. As a result, law on the books is not the same as law in action. Students in the LSJ major develop a deep appreciation for the variety of dynamics that shape the translation of law into outcomes. Coursework emphasizes close reading of key texts, active classroom engagement with complex ideas and the development of the capacity to articulate arguments in oral and written communication. Beyond its interdisciplinary orientation, LSJ emphasizes the importance of analyzing socio-legal dynamics in comparative perspective. Courses explore legal traditions and transformations in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, as well as North America. Attention also falls on the increasing development of global regimes of law and regulation. Graduates of this degree pursue careers in fields such as business, government, nonprofit, law, media and communication, policy and education.

Minor available

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Topic: Social sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.
  • UW college and school graduation requirements

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: April 5 for Autumn 2022 (Pilot Program), Second Friday of Autumn Quarter for Winter
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Career outcomes