Mission Statement


The role of legal studies in a liberal arts curriculum was admirably stated by our University’s namesake, Louis Dembitz Brandeis, who wrote, near the end of his career, that:
The study of law should be introduced as part of a liberal education, to train and enrich the mind…. I am convinced that, like history, economics, and metaphysics — and perhaps even to a greater degree than these — the law could be advantageously studied with a view to the general development of the mind.
The Legal Studies Program takes up this pedagogical challenge from Justice Brandeis. For nearly four decades, our mission has been to advance the understanding of law throughout the liberal arts community:
  • by developing critical and creative skills to “enrich the mind"
  • by exploring knowledge of legal issues that arise in diverse fields of study
  • by offering concrete ways for liberal education to engage social justice issues