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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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The list of approved Legal Studies electives has been compiled! Take a look at our electives page to plan your Spring 2019 quarter.
Major Decisions Announced
Applications for the major in Legal Studies have closed, and the newest roster of Legal Studies majors have been selected. Congratulations! This has been the most competitive year yet.
First years and sophomores wanting to apply, mark your calendars for next year; applications will open again in Winter 2020.


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Post-Doctoral Fellowship Search has Closed

In partnership with the Jack Miller Center, Legal Studies recently held a search for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship starting September 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed and we will make our selection soon. Good luck!

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 Lecture: Lucy Salyer

All Day, No Location

Legal Studies hosts a lecture with: Lucy E Salyer - History, University of New Hampshire   More details to come!

Reporting Islam: Media, Policy, Politics

All Day, Evanston

This 1.5-day symposium will bring scholars of Islam, international and public affairs, education, race, and law together with practicin...

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