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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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Three cheers for all the graduating Legal Studies majors and minors! We're very proud of your accomplishments. Good luck and keep in touch!

Legal Studies Majors at the 2019 Weinberg Convocation

Check out these awesome photos of our new graduates by Justin Barbin.

News & Events

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Read the latest news from Legal Studies including updates from faculty, students, and alumni!

Shana Bernstein on Public Health

Read Professor Bernstein's Washington Post article, "It’s time for regulatory agencies to start putting public health ahead of private profit" (June 17, 2019)

Legal Studies GFILS & Faculty Reading Group

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM, Evanston

The fall quarter Graduate Fellows in Legal Studies (GFILS) and Legal Studies faculty reading group will meet on Monday, November 18, 3:...

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