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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

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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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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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Legal Studies Major Applications are NOW OPEN! Applications are only open once a year. If you’ve taken, or are currently enrolled in, “Law & Society” (206), you may apply.

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Legal Studies Office Hours

In response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, the Legal Studies faculty and staff are holding remote office hours. Please don't hesitate to reach out for assistance by calling 847-467-2207 or by emailing

Nielsen and Dawe Named to ASG Honor Roll

Two of our own have been added to the 2019-20 ASG Honor Roll for their work teaching Legal St 206 Law & Society. Congratulations Professor Laura Beth Nielsen and Professor Meghan Dawe!

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