Law and Justice at Brandeis

Brandeis University has established a wide array of law and justice programs, both on and off campus, that reflect the spirit of our namesake, Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis D. Brandeis. Many Brandeis graduates go on to study and practice law.

Brandeis University's law and justice programs include:

Since its establishment in 2006, the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice has sponsored a series of initiatives designed to help students, enrich the university community and address social justice concerns on and off campus. The fund's World of Work fellowships provide 30 students a year with generous stipends to alleviate costs associated with unpaid, full-time summer internships within agencies whose missions address issues of social justice.

ENACT is designed to encourage citizens to bring moral and ethical insights to the process of making and revising laws. The centerpiece of this initiative focuses on Brandeis undergraduate students, through Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b), a Legal Studies program course that combines an investigation of the ethical dilemmas that arise in the process of lawmaking with hands-on advocacy work with entities seeking reform.

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law supports research that seeks to reconcile women's rights to gender equality and discriminatory practices justified by religious law. The project uses campus events such as annual conferences, weekly seminars and the annual Markowicz Memorial Lecture on Gender and Human Rights to study and research these themes across many religions. It also brings visiting scholars, activists, lawyers and judges to Brandeis to discuss their inspiring work. The GCRL hosts graduate and undergraduate summer interns and sponsors an annual student writing prize on Jewish gender studies.

A monthly e-newsletter published by the Ethics Center. Brandeis undergraduates serve as assistant editors.

This interdepartmental program presents law in the broad context of history, economics, politics, philosophy, literature and the sciences, and traces law's impact within the fields of health, business, environment and creative arts. The scope of legal concerns ranges from the local to the national and global.