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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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Winter Courses and Electives

Legal Studies is offering a fantastic array of courses in Winter 2020 - take a look at the options on the Winter 2020 Class Schedule page.

The list of approved electives for Winter 2020 are up! Take a look at the wide variety of courses across the University that have been approved for Legal Studies major and minor elective credit on our Electives Page.

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December Office Hours

Note that the Legal Studies Program Assistant, Ann Kelchner, will be out of the office from Thursday, December 5 - Monday, December 16, and from Monday, December 23 - Wednesday, January 1. Schedule your appointments appropriately:

Latest Newsletter

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

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