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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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Legal Studies and American Studies is Hiring!

We're teaming up with American Studies to jointly hire an Assistant Professor of Instruction to start this Fall. Review the position here. Applications due by April 24th.


Spring 2020

Spring classes start Monday, April 6, and will be held remotely for the duration of the quarter. Keep up to date with the changes by visiting Northwestern's COVID-19 information pages and the Registrar's adjusted spring calendar.

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information

Be sure to review Northwestern's Coronavirus/COVID-19 information and stay safe!

Legal Studies Office Hours

In response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, the Legal Studies offices have closed, and all faculty and staff are now working remotely. Please don't hesitate to reach out for assistance by emailing, or by calling 847-467-2207 (between Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

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