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BA Law, Letters and Society

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

76000 USD
76000 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 75 USD
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)35
SAT (avg)600
ACT (avg)1500

World University Ranking

About this course

The program in Law, Letters, and Society is concerned with law in civilian and customary legal systems, both historically and contemporaneously. The program is designed to develop the student's analytical skills to enable informed and critical examination of law broadly construed. The organizing premise of the program is that law is a tool of social organization and control, not simply an expression of will or aspiration, and that it is best understood by careful study of both rhetorical artifacts and empirical consequences of its application.

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Eligibility Criteria

The documents necessary for a valid application are mentioned in the "How to Apply" Section.

Transcripts, test scores, secondary school reports, and recommendations are considered official only if they come directly from your school, teachers, counselors, or other recommenders. Any of these materials submitted by the applicant are unofficial, and won’t count toward our application requirements.

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Course Modules

Summary of Requirements

  • LLSO 24200 Legal Reasoning (Introductory Course) 
  • Two Letters courses (List II) 
  • Two Society courses (List III) 
  • Six Complementary courses


Course Distribution Lists

I. The Introductory Course

LLSO 24200 Legal Reasoning (Not offered Autumn 2017)

II. Letters

LLSO 20601 American Revolution, 1763 to 1789
LLSO 21710 Machiavelli: The Prince and Discourses
LLSO 22401 Topics in Judicial Studies
LLSO 22403 Free Speech and the First Amendment
LLSO 22612 Introduction to Political Philosophy
LLSO 23501 History of Information
LLSO 24300 American Law and the Rhetoric of Race
LLSO 24711 Lincoln: Slavery, War, and the Constitution

III. Society

LLSO 20116 Global-Local Politics
LLSO 21001 Human Rights: Contemporary Issues
LLSO 21002 Human Rights: Philosophical Foundations
LLSO 21400 Health and Human Rights
LLSO 23100 Environmental Law
LLSO 24011 The Political Nature of the American Judicial System
LLSO 24901 U.S. Environmental Policy
LLSO 26201 Economics and Environmental Policy
LLSO 26802 Public Opinion
LLSO 26804 Insurgency, Terrorism, and Civil War
LLSO 27012 Histories of Violence in the United States
LLSO 27801 Media Ecology: Embodiment and Software
LLSO 28710 Democracy and the Politics of Wealth Redistribution
LLSO 28802 United States Labor History
LLSO 29050 Youth Law and Policy: Child Welfare and Juv. Just. in the U.S.

IV. Research and Reading

LLSO 29400 Research Seminar

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How to Apply

The following Application Materials are to be submitted by the student to be considered for Undergraduate Admission:

  • Application For Admission: UChicago accepts the Coalition Application, Universal Application, or Common Application
  • Application Fee ($75) or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Standardized Test Scores
  • Midyear Report (first-year applicants only)
  • English Language Proficiency Test Scores (international applicants only) (PBT: 600, IBT: 100, IELTS: 7.0)
  • College Official's Report and Transcript (transfer students only)

Optional Components

  • Financial Aid Application
  • Interview
  • Supplemental Materials

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