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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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News and Events





Legal Studies Offices Closed for Winter Break

Our office will close at 2pm Weds, December 19 and reopen Tues, January 2. We wish you a happy and restful winter break!

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!

Legal Studies News

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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!

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