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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. J.D./Ph.D. students are welcome and encouraged to be Fellows, but the program is not limited to those pursuing a J.D.

Graduate Fellows in Legal Studies (GFILS) receive announcements of events, fellowships, and conferences of interest to interdisciplinary legal scholars. GFILS regularly participate in reading and writing groups with interdisciplinary scholars around campus, including our quarterly graduate/faculty reading group. (We provide the food and the books; see the Events page for this quarter’s book choice).

GFILS also receive preference for year-long Teaching Assistantships in Legal Studies, and may apply for funding to Legal Studies conferences (including the Law and Society Association annual meeting and the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies).

See the directory of our current Graduate Fellows in Legal Studies.


Apply to become a GFILS!  Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


J.D./Ph.D. Joint Program

Students pursuing the J.D./Ph.D. combined program within Northwestern University Law School spend the first two years in their various disciplinary departments on the Evanston campus. During that time, the Center for Legal Studies on the Evanston campus serves as a resource for teaching, advising, and programming. Legal Studies’ GFILS program sponsors a graduate student/faculty reading group in which J.D./Ph.D. students and graduate students interested in the study of law and society may participate.

The J.D./Ph.D. program is administered by Prof. Donald Rebstock at Northwestern University Law School.

For more information on the J.D./Ph.D. program, visit the Northwestern Law School website or contact Prof. Rebstock.

We are able to present Graduate Fellows in Legal Studies programming thanks to the support of The Graduate School (TGS).