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How to Apply

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Check back in early Winter 2022!

Applications for the Legal Studies major are available early in Winter quarter each academic year. To be notified when applications are available, subscribe to our listserv, or like us on Facebook to receive announcements.


The Legal Studies major is open to undergraduates in all schools, but because demand for the required Advanced Research Seminar often exceeds the enrollment limits, admission to the major is by application only.

Before applying students must complete, or be in the process of completing, 206 "Law and Society" and at least one other law-related course as approved by Legal Studies. Any class listed on our Electives page  will meet the "law-related" course requirement. If you have questions about this requirement when you apply, please email us at

Applications should be thoughtfully completed and submitted before the deadline (Winter quarter). Your chance of admission is based on how many seats are available in the upcoming seminar sequences and the number of applications received. Our faculty meet to review and choose the students, and we let students know the results prior to registration for Spring quarter classes. If you are first-year or sophomore and you get declined, you are encouraged to apply again the following year.


Applications will be open again in early winter quarter 2022! Check back then.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the application process entail?

We ask you to fill out a simple one-page form asking about your research interests and the law-related classes you’ve taken. We also ask you to write a one-page essay about a law-related topic. Here is a copy of the 2019 application, but note that future versions may change.

Can I apply as a First Year?

Yes! So long as you satisfy the course requirements for the application, you may apply as a first-year student.

If I don’t get accepted, can I reapply the following year?

Yes! If you apply as a first-year or sophomore and you don't get in, you are encouraged to apply again. You might consider taking a writing course, making use of The Writing Place, or taking additional Legal Studies courses or electives before applying again. You may apply to the major as a junior, but we recommend that you have an alternative major in mind should you not get accepted.

I am studying abroad during fall or winter quarter of my junior year. Can I still apply to the major?

Yes! You can apply to the major and defer enrollment in the Advanced Research Seminar until your senior year.

I have to complete my Junior Residency for Medill. Can I still apply to the major?

Yes! You just need to make sure that you will be on campus in consecutive Fall and Winter quarters in order to complete the Advanced Research Seminar courses in sequence.

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