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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

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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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You may now apply for the major in Legal Studies!  Application forms are due Monday, February 4, 2019. This is the only time this year the application period will be open, so don't delay. Learn more about the major, then if you're ready to join us, APPLY NOW! 

Questions? Swing by the January 23rd Sweet Treat Meet & Greet event where you can mingle with Legal Studies faculty and ask us your major application questions! Weds. Jan. 23 3:30-5:30pm in Kresge 2305.


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Post-Doctoral Fellowship Search is Open!

In partnership with the Jack Miller Center, Legal Studies is excited to open a search for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship starting September 1, 2019. Learn more about the position and application process by clicking the link above!

Professor Grisinger named to ASG Honor Roll!

The 2018-19 Associated Student Government Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll includes Prof. Grisinger for her work in her Legal Studies courses 340 "Gender & the Law" and 206 "Law in Society". Congratulations professor!

Sweet Treat Meet & Greet!

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Evanston

LEGAL STUDIES invites you to a SWEET TREAT MEET & GREET! Wednesday, January 23, 3:30-5:30 pm, Kresge 2305 Come get cookies, hot chocola...

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