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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 application to declare the Legal Studies major is now open!  You can learn more and apply by clicking on this LINK.  And be sure to check out the information session recorded on January 13th!

Open Position.  The Center for Legal Studies is currently accepting applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Instruction.  Learn more here. 

Take a look at the Legal Studies 2021-2022 course offerings (subject to change, of course).


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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

Legal Studies Major Abigail Roston Wins Harry S. Truman Scholarship!!!

Many congratulations to our very own Abigail Roston for earning her spot as a 2021 Truman Scholar!

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