How to Apply

The Legal Studies adjunct major and standalone major are open to undergraduates in all schools, but because demand for the required Advanced Research Seminar often exceeds the enrollment limits, admission to the adjunct major and major is by application only. 

Applications are now open!

Complete the application  and submit it to legalstudies@northwestern.edu by February 1, 2017. Applications are only open once a year! Apply today.

All applicants are required to have taken at least two "law-related" courses - one of these classes may be "in progress" at the time of application. Any class listed as a Legal Studies elective will meet the "law-related" course requirement. Note that students admitted to the University in Fall 2014 or later are required to take LEGAL ST 206, "Law in Society", in order to apply for the major - for students who entered prior to Fall 2014, 206 is very highly recommended. If you have questions about this requirement when you apply, please email us at legalstudies@northwestern.edu.

All adjunct majors and majors must plan to take the two-quarter Advanced Research Seminar (398-1,2) in Fall and Winter of their junior or senior year. Standalone majors must plan to take the methods course (207) after completing 206, and before beginning 398-1,2.

The application period is currently closed. Applications for the Legal Studies adjunct major and major are available late in Winter quarter each academic year. To be notified when applications are available, subscribe to our listserv by sending a request to legalstudies@northwestern.edu, or like us on Facebook to receive announcements.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the application process entail?

We ask you to fill out a simple one-page form asking about your research interests and the law-related classes you’ve taken. We also ask you to write a one-page essay about a law-related topic.

Can I apply as a First Year?

Yes! So long as you satisfy the course requirements for the application, you may apply as a first-year student.

If I don’t get accepted, can I reapply the following year?

Yes! We encourage you to reapply.

I am studying abroad during fall quarter of my junior year. Can I still apply to the adjunct major/major?

Yes! You can apply to the adjunct major or major and defer enrollment in the Advanced Research Seminar until your senior year.

I have to complete my Junior Residency for Medill. Can I still apply to the adjunct major/major?

Yes! You just need to make sure that you will be on campus in consecutive Fall and Winter quarters in order to complete the Advanced Research Seminar courses in sequence.