guest speaker, a lawyers, speaks with a student
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
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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

Faculty in the Law and Society Program teach a range of subjects to support the cross-disciplinary structure of the program. Faculty bring their expertise from such disciplines as history, politics, psychology, sociology, economics, Africana studies, and comparative American studies. They are committed to undergraduate education and teach everything from first-year seminars to advanced courses.

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