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Legal Studies Graduate Programs

Graduate Fellows in Legal Studies

Legal Studies offers programming for graduate students in disciplinary departments whose interests include the study of law, legal institutions, and legal processes broadly construed. Graduate Fellows in Legal Studies (GFILs) regularly participate in reading and writing groups with interdisciplinary Legal Studies scholars around campus; they also receive announcements about events and conferences of interest to interdisciplinary legal scholars. GFILS also receive preference for year-long Teaching Assistantships in Legal Studies, and may apply for funding to Legal Studies conferences (including the Law and Society Association annual meeting and the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies).

Please click here for a copy of the GFIL application.

JD/PhD Joint Program

JD/PHD Program: Students pursuing the JD/PhD combined program spend the first two years in their various disciplinary departments on the Evanston campus. During that time, the Center for Legal Studies serves as a resource for teaching, advising, and programming. Legal Studies sponsors a graduate student/faculty reading group in which JD/PhD students and graduate students interested in the study of law and society may participate. The administration of the JD/PhD program is handled by Prof. Donald Rebstock at Northwestern University Law School (

We are able to present Graduate Fellows in Legal Studies programming thanks to the support of The Graduate School (TGS).


Upcoming Events

Legal Studies GIFLS/ABF Grad/Faculty Reading Group
February 10, 20155:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Legal Studies Meet & Greet for Students interested in the Adjunct Major
February 23, 20154:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

For general inquiries:

Prof. Laura Beth Nielsen
Program Director
620 Lincoln #204
Winter Office Hours: 
Tuesdays 9am - 12pm

Prof. Joanna Grisinger

Director of Undergraduate Studies
620 Lincoln #201
Winter Office Hours:
Tuesdays 12pm - 2pm

Ann Kelchner

Program Assistant
620 Lincoln #206
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Legal Studies Photos

October 8, 2014