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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.


News & Events

Catharine MacKinnon Lecture: Politics and Law of Sexual Harassment and Butterfly Politics

Join us Thursday, April 25th (12pm, Hardin Hall) for a book signing and lecture where Professor MacKinnon will address the politics and law of sexual harassment, focusing on its violation of equality rights, considering the #MeToo movement, and exploring those developments in light of the theory elaborated in her most recent book, Butterfly Politics. Books will be available for purchase at the event!

Reporting Islam: Media, Policy, Politics

All Day, Evanston

This international symposium will bring scholars of Islam, international and public affairs, education, race, and law together with pra...

Catharine MacKinnon: Butterfly Politics

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Evanston

Professor MacKinnon will address the politics and law of sexual harassment, focusing on its violation of equality rights, considering t...

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