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picture of panelists Jeffery Lenowitz, Michael Waldman, and Rosalind Kabrhel.

Judicial Politics and the Future of Democracy

Brennan Center for Justice President, Michael Waldman, joined Professors Jeffery Lenowitz and Rosalind Kabrhel for a discussion of judicial politics, the US Supreme Court, judicial activism, and the future of the courts.

A picture of Dr. Tanishia Lavette Williams with background collage of black and white historical images of African American students and teachers in classes.

Legal Studies is excited to welcome Dr. Tanishia Lavette Williams!

Legal Studies is excited to welcome Dr. Tanishia Lavette Williams, Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Racial Justice, Education, and the Carceral State! She will teach courses in Education and Legal Studies during her Fellowship this year. Welcome!

Collage depicting Spring 2023 Legal Studies Prize winners Morgan Clark '23, Aiko Schinasi '24, Sophia Reiss '23, Joshua Gladstone '23, and Joshua Shuster '23

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Legal Studies Program Award Winners!

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Legal Studies Program Prize and Award winners, Morgan Clark, Aiko Schinasi, Sophia Reiss, Joshua Gladstone and Joshua Shuster.

Elizabeth Matos and Rosalind Kabrhel speak with a group of Brandeis Students before the 2022 Guberman Lecture. Smart board on the wall behind the group shows the introductory slide titled: Punishment Culture and the Persistence of Mass Incarceration in the Commonwealth: A Guberman Lecture by Lizz Matos, Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts.

Matos presents 2022 Guberman Lecture

Elizabeth Matos, Executive Director of the Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts presented the 2022 Joshua A Guberman Lecture: Punishment Culture and the Persistence of Mass Incarceration In Massachusetts to a hybrid audience.

Michael Horowitz speaking to students

Inspector General Michael Horowitz Visited The Legal Studies Program

Attorney Horowitz '84, Inspector General of the Department of Justice, came to speak to LGLS 118 and LGLS 89A on March 9, about law school, the Inspector General statute, and the way it structures his role as IG of the Justice Department.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg visits campus

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke with legal studies students during a visit to Brandeis celebrating Louis D. Brandeis' centennial.

The Legal Studies Program deals with broad questions about justice arising in a complex world. Our courses are open to students from all departments and majors. The only prerequisites are the curiosity to ask critical questions and the passion to explore practical steps to social change.

Legal Studies at Brandeis builds on the liberal arts model. In the words of the famous Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, "The study of law should be introduced as part of a liberal education, to train and enrich the mind."

You cannot major in Legal Studies because justice requires the specialized knowledge found in sciences, social sciences, humanities and creative arts. Justice also requires close familiarity with local problems and global challenges. Whatever your primary field of study, you will find Legal Studies courses that draw out the social justice dimension. With knowledge about legal systems, and with skills of legal analysis and advocacy, you are ready to find a richer balance between theory and practice.


The interdepartmental Legal Studies Program presents law in the broad context of history, economics, politics, philosophy, literature and the sciences. By tracing law's impact within the fields of health, business, environment and creative arts, graduates are prepared for a wide range of educational and professional opportunities. The scope of legal concerns studied in the program ranges from the local (town, city and state) to the national and expands to the global (regions and international bodies).