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About Legal Studies

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The Center for Legal Studies at Northwestern University provides an environment where students and scholars study legal issues using the methodology and perspectives of the social sciences and humanities. We view law as a social institution and seek to understand it through historical, cultural, and empirical approaches. Our students are well trained to become active and thoughtful citizens engaged with local and global questions of power and justice and with the role of law in everyday life. 

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Undergraduate Program

Learn more about our coursework and the Legal Studies major and minor:

Graduate Students

Graduate Fellows

Legal Studies offers programming for graduate students whose interests include the study of law, legal institutions, and/or legal processes broadly construed. We encourage participation from graduate students in all social science and humanities disciplines. Join our current Graduate Fellows in Legal Studies (GFILS) by applying here.

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Legal Studies Faculty

Legal Studies Faculty

In addition to our Core Faculty the Center for Legal Studies is composed of a strong list of Faculty Affiliates - members of the academic community whose teaching and research contribute to Legal Studies at Northwestern.

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Major Applications are Open!

We are pleased to announce that the Legal Studies Major Applications are now open!

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Applications must be submitted by Monday, February 3, 2020. Applications are only open once a year, so don't miss your chance!

Questions? Save the date for a Legal Studies Information Session on Friday, January 24. Details to come!

News & Events

Legal Studies Newsletter

The last newsletter from Spring 2019 has news from Legal Studies including updates from faculty, students, and alumni!

Sweet Treat Meet & Greet

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Evanston

LEGAL STUDIES invites you to a SWEET TREAT MEET & GREET!   Friday, January 24, 12:30-1:30 pm Kresge 2351 Come get hot chocolate, snacks...

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