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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




Winter 2019 Classes and Electives

They're up!

Check out the list of the LEGAL ST offerings for Winter 2019 - we have quite a few new faculty teaching a wide variety of new classes!

Winter 2019 Legal Studies Class Schedule

And your wait is over - the Electives page has been updated with the full list of Winter 2019 classes approved for Legal Studies credit!

Legal Studies Electives

News & Events

Professor Grisinger named to ASG Honor Roll!

Our very own Professor Grisinger has been named to the 2018-2019 Associated Student Government Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll for her work in her Legal Studies courses 340 "Gender and the Law" and 206 "Law in Society". Congratulations Professor Grisinger!

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