Oberlin annually observes Constitution Day. Guest Theodore M. Shaw, professor of law and director of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, speaks with a student after his lecture. Photo credit: Larry Kasperek
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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.

Program Director

Harry Hirsch

Professor of Politics
Department Affiliation


Why Study Law and Society at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Associated Faculty
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • PSYC 218 - Social Psychology 4 credits
  • ECON 219 - Labor-Management Relations 4 credits
  • PHIL 225 - Environmental Ethics 4 credits
  • SOCI 277 - Race and Ethnic Relations 4 credits

Law and Society Faculty

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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.