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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:

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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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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Support Legal Studies

Support Legal Studies

Consider a gift to the Center for Legal Studies. Your gift will directly impact our programming to help provide opportunities for undergraduate students.
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Meet With Faculty Advisers
Our advisers are available to answer your questions about course selection, course requirements and substitutions, and sign declaration forms and petitions to graduate. Use the link above to learn more and make an appointment.

Legal Studies Office Hours
Office hours are available remotely and in person. You may contact the faculty or staff member you wish to meet with by email to schedule an appointment. If you have immediate questions call
847-467-2207 or send an email to:

For First-Year students interested in learning more about the Legal Studies major and minor, you can click on the link to learn more and watch an informational video.



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