The Law and Society Program often serves as a springboard to careers or further study in journalism, education and teaching, litigation, and more. This cross-disciplinary program explores concepts and subjects central to understanding the role of law and legal institutions in society.

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Our faculty are both scholars and teachers who devote their careers to making important contributions to their disciplines through writing and research. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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Department Overview

This cross-disciplinary program prepares students who have a broad interest in law, or who plan to pursue a law degree or work in law-related fields. Introductory courses explore subjects and concepts in philosophy, politics, economics, history, sociology, religion, and ethical and scientific issues central to understanding the role of law and legal institutions in society. Exposure to these subjects is expanded through presentations by visiting scholars, jurists, and lawyers.

Majors develop strong writing, analytical, and legal reasoning skills and a better understanding of the workings of the American legal system. Students interested in law often choose the Law and Society Program as a second major.

The program often serves as a springboard to careers or further study in journalism, education and teaching, litigation, and legal advocacy. Our majors attend graduate school in the social sciences and humanities when they wish to center their work on law and legal institutions. Others have attended the Program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

If your goal is to attend law school, understand that no single major is the key to gaining admission to law school. Rather, you should choose a major that interests you and challenges you to become a better student. Oberlin has enjoyed an 83 percent acceptance rate into law schools over the past several years. Our graduates attend the full range of notable law schools: Boston College, Duke, Cornell, Georgetown, Harvard, New York University, Vanderbilt, Yale, University of Chicago, Northeastern, University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Law and Society News

Sadie Keller ’19

Sadie Keller ’19 Wins 2018 Truman Scholarship

April 23, 2018
Sadie Keller ’19 has won the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Awarded to outstanding college juniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service, the $30,000 prize will help fund Keller’s postgraduate studies.