Law and Society

Engaged Law and Society

Engaged Law and Society takes what you’re learning in your courses and puts it into practice through internships, research, study away, winter term, career exploration, and beyond.

 You can find more information about relevant opportunities by engaging with the Law and Public Policy career community.

Here’s a sampling of recent projects, field experiences, and post-graduate destinations for law and society majors.

RISE at Oberlin
Research. Internships. Study Away. Experiential Learning.

Ways Law and Society Majors Rise


  • Errors in Judgment: The Fundamental Attribution Error and Supreme Court Decision-Making
  • Myth vs. Reality: Uncovering the Causes of African American Voter Turnout in American Cities
  • Deconstructing Hypermasculinity


  • New York State Office of the Attorney General, Albany, N.Y.
  • Environmental Defense Fund, New York City
  • McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York City
  • American Jensen & Jensen Law Firm
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Study Away

  • CIEE Social Sciences Program in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • London School of Economics and Political Science, England
  • Institute for Study Abroad-Butler Cuba Study Abroad at Universidad de La Habana, Cuba
  • Institute for Study Abroad-Butler, St. Catherine’s College, England
  • American University, Washington Semester Program

Experiential Learning

  • Oberlin Law Scholars Program, a unique, selective program for 12 students per year
  • The major often serves as a springboard to careers or further study in journalism, education and teaching, litigation, and legal advocacy.

First Destinations of Recent Law and Society Majors

  • Graduate Schools:
    • JD, College of William and Mary
    • JD, University of Iowa
    • MA, negotiation and conflict resolution, Columbia University
    • PhD, sociology, University of Notre Dame
    • JD, American University
    • JD, Tulane University Law School
    • JD, Northwestern University Law School
    • JD, Harvard Law School
    • JD, Georgetown University Law Center
    • Master of Arts, modern European studies, University College of London
  • Positions:
    • Law clerk at Pitton Law, Iowa
    • Legal assistant, Northwestern University School of Law
    • Case manager, Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program, Chicago
    • Healthcare analyst/presidential management fellow, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
    • Research coordinator, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Corporate paralegal, Ropes and Gray
    • Teach for America, Mississippi
    • Admissions counselor, University of Michigan
    • Development fellow, African Leadership Foundation
    • Fulbright Fellow