Legal Studies

University of California, Berkeley


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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Legal Studies

Contact Information

Legal Studies Program

2240 Piedmont Ave.

Phone: 510-642-4038

Fax: 510-642-2951

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Director, Legal Studies

Jonathan Marshall, PhD

2240 Piedmont Avenue

Phone: 510-642-3670

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Lauri La Pointe

2240 Piedmont Avenue

Phone: 510-643-5823

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