Legal Studies

University of California, Berkeley

Overview

The Legal Studies faculty and students grapple with important questions of social policy within the framework of significant concerns in jurisprudence and theories of justice. These concerns include individual liberty, privacy, and autonomy; political and social equality; the just distribution of resources and opportunities within society; the relationship between citizens and the state; democratic participation and representation; the moral commitments of the community; and the preservation of human dignity.

The program's course offerings examine law and legality from both humanist and empirical perspectives. Courses are organized into interdisciplinary topical areas or “neighborhoods” that transcend disciplinary boundaries in the interest of collaborative inquiry.

Undergraduate Program

Legal Studies: BA (offered through the College of Letters and Science, although the program is under the academic supervision of the School of Law faculty)

Graduate Program

Jurisprudence and Social Policy: PhD (offered through the School of Law)

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Courses

Legal Studies

Faculty and Instructors

* Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Kathryn R. Abrams, Professor. Law, feminist jurisprudence, voting rights, constitutional law.
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Catherine R. Albiston, Professor. Inequality, social change, law, employment, legal profession, public interest law, gender discrimination.
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Robert D. Cooter, Professor. Economic development, constitutional law, private law.
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Lauren Edelman, Professor. Work organizations, legal environments, civil rights laws, workers' rights.
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Becca Goldstein, Professor. Politics of the criminal justice system, focusing on policing, incarceration, monetary sanctions, and local political economy.
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Kinch Hoekstra, Associate Professor. History of political, moral, and legal philosophy, ancient, renaissance, and early modern political thought.

Sonia Katyal, Professor. Technology, intellectual property, and civil rights (including antidiscrimination, privacy, and freedom of speech).
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Christopher Kutz, Professor. Criminal law, moral, legal and political philosophy.
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Calvin Morrill, Professor. Sociology of law/social conflict, organizations, ethnography, social networks, social movements youth culture and conflict, urban schools, rights mobilization.
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Osagie Obasogie, Professor. Constitutional law, policing and police use of force, sociology of law, bioethics, race and inequality in law and medicine, and reproductive and genetic technologies.
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Dylan Penningroth, Professor. African American and U.S. socio-legal history.
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Victoria Plaut, Professor. Diversity/Inclusion, culture, research methods.
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Jonathan S. Simon, Professor. Punishment, social policy, risk, mass incarceration, reentry.
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Sarah Song, Professor. Gender, race, citizenship, multiculturalism, immigration law and politics.
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Rachel Stern, Assistant Professor. Courts, authoritarian states, globalization, China.
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Eric Stover, Adjunct Professor. Human rights, war, International Criminal Law, Forensic Sciences, International Criminal Justice.
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Eric L. Talley, Professor. Economic analysis of law, corporate law, securities regulation, law and financial markets.
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Christopher Lawrence Tomlins, Professor. Legal history and the history and law of slavery.

Leti Volpp, Professor. Citizenship, law and culture, identity (especially race and gender), immigration and migration, Asian American studies.
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Lecturer

Alexa Koenig, Lecturer.

Jonathan Marshall, Lecturer.

Richard Perry, Lecturer in Residence.

Alan Pomerantz, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

* Robert Berring, Professor Emeritus. China, law, contracts, Chinese law.
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Meir Dan-Cohen, Professor Emeritus. Criminal law, legal philosophy, moral philosophy, organizations, bureaucracy.
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Malcolm M. Feeley, Professor Emeritus. Criminal law, punishment, social policy.
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David Lieberman, Professor Emeritus. Legal history, legal theory, comparative legal theory.
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Kristin Luker, Professor Emeritus. Social policy, jurisprudence.
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Laurent Mayali, Professor Emeritus. European legal history, comparative law, medieval jurisprudence, customary law.
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Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Professor Emeritus. Antitrust, economic analysis of law, federalism.
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Harry N. Scheiber, Professor Emeritus. American legal history, ocean law and policy, Law of the Sea (international law), federalism and state-federal relations, American constitutional development.
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Martin M. Shapiro, Professor Emeritus. Constitutional law, comparative law, European law.
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Franklin E. Zimring, Professor Emeritus. Deterrence, capital punishment, imprisonment, drug control.
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Contact Information

Legal Studies Program

2240 Piedmont Ave.

Phone: 510-642-4038

Fax: 510-642-2951

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Associate Dean / JSP Program

Taeku Lee

492 Simon Hall, MC:7200

Phone: 510-643-9532

taekulee@law.berkeley.edu

Assistant Dean

Jonathan Marshall, PhD

114 JSP, 2240 Piedmont Ave.

Phone: 510-642-3670

jdmarshall@berkeley.edu

LS Undergraduate Advisor

Lauri La Pointe

2240 Piedmont Ave.

Phone: 510-643-5823

lauri@berkeley.edu

JSP Graduate Student Advisor

Eurie Nam

(510) 642-3771

eurie.n@berkeley.edu

Administrative Assistant III Processes payments, reimbursements, invoices

Yvette Cooper

Phone: (510) 642-4039

ycooper@berkeley.edu

Program Assistant III Reception, LS course scheduler, eval management, deCal processing

Erika Espinoza

(510) 642-4038

eespinoza@berkeley.edu

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