USC Price School of Public Policy

Minor in Law and Public Policy

25705966274_340de4c2d3_zThe minor in law and public policy draws upon four fields of study: public policy and management, law, economics, and political science. It provides students an understanding of the political and economic contexts in which laws are made as well as how legal institutions shape policy. Students analyze the consequences of policy and alternatives; the roles played by government, business and nonprofit organizations in public decision making; and the legal basis for various areas of public policy.

Students minoring in law and public policy take six required courses, including the gateway class, PPD 225 Public Policy and Management, and one elective. The latter enables the student to focus on a specific area of law.

Required Courses

Students are required to take the following courses:

Public Policy and Management (Gateway Course) (PPD 225)
Institutions, legal context, and processes of public policy and management. Contemporary theories of public policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Public managerial challenges and reform.

Law and Society (LAW 200x)
Sources and structure of law; history of the Bill of Rights emphasizing effect on criminal justice system; limits of law in solving problems in American society.

Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 203)
Behavior of firms and consumers, functions of the price system, competition and monopoly, labor markets, poverty, government regulation, international trade, and the environment.

Constitutional Law (POSC 340)
Development of constitutional law by the courts; leading cases bearing on major constitutional issues; the federal system; powers of government; civil liberties.

Statistics for Policy, Planning, and Development (PPD 303)*
Statistical applications applied to the real world; techniques including probability and sampling; hypothesis formation and testing; correlation, and linear regression.

Public Policy and Planning Analysis (PPD 373)
Analytic methods for policy and planning, problem definition, stakeholder analysis, modeling, and evaluation techniques. Cost-benefit analysis, decision analysis, graphics and problem modeling using computer.


Additionally, students select from one of the following:

  • Economic Analysis of Law (ECON 434)
  • Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business (FBE 403)
  • International Law (POSC 345)
  • Environmental Law (POSC 347)
  • The Politics of Local Criminal Justice (POSC 432)
  • Comparative Law and the Judicial Process (POSC 440)
  • Cultural Diversity and the Law (POSC 441)
  • Civil and Political Rights and Liberties (POSC 444)
  • Critical Issues in Law and Public Policy (POSC 452)
  • Public Policy and Law (PPD 314)*
  • Analytic Foundations for Public Policy (PPD 315)*

* Prerequisite required

Contact Information

Sarah Esquivel, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Admission
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 111
Los Angeles, California 90089-0626
(213) 740-0399