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Hank Willis Thomas 'Raise Up' Statue, National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery Alabama (Getty Images)

Criminal Justice

Hank Willis Thomas 'Raise Up' Statue, National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery Alabama (Getty Images)

Lighting the World Protesting Darkness, Fayek Tasneem Khan (Getty Images)

Democracy and Civil Society

Lighting the World Protesting Darkness, Fayek Tasneem Khan (Getty Images)

Martin Luther King Jr's speech 'I Have A Dream' at the Lincoln Memorial (public domain)

Inequality

Martin Luther King Jr's speech 'I Have A Dream' at the Lincoln Memorial (public domain)

The Center for the Study of Law and Society

The Center supports theoretically-based, empirical research on new developments at the interplay of law and society in contemporary and historical contexts.  While part of Berkeley's School of Law, the Center fosters a multidisciplinary context in which UC Berkeley faculty and graduate students from many departments interact and engage with visiting socio-legal scholars from universities in the United States and abroad.

Accepting CSLS Visiting Scholars Applications for the 2022-23 AY now through November 15.

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CSLS SPEAKER SERIES

FALL 2021

Taking place via Zoom Webinar from 12:45 - 2:00pm  

Monday, October 25  -  LEONARDO ARRIOLA

Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

“Patronage Protection: The Impact of Politics and Violence on Mexican Repatriation During the Great Depression”

Cosponsored with the Center for Race & GenderBerkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative,  and the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Register here for the zoom link. | Click here for the event flyer

CSLS Annual Report for 2020-21 

We are delighted to share our annual report and invite you to read about the Center's activities this past year. Highlights include:
  • Our Fall and Spring Speaker Series
  • CSLS BELS Fellows and Visiting Scholars
  • An endowment from Frances S. Coles
  • Honors and awards for CSLS scholars

Read more here!

CSLS former and current Faculty and Executive Directors

Please consider making a donation to support CSLS.  Donate $100 dollars or more and you will receive a CSLS t-shirt!  Funds will support BELS Fellows, JSP Students, 60th anniversary conference, and crucial and timely programming focused on our three pillars of Criminal Justice, Inequality, and Democracy and Civil Society. 

CSLS Proudly Announces Generous Gift

Frances Coles

"A two-prong generous gift from Frances Coles will help Berkeley Law’s Center for the Study of Law & Society expand its already sizable impact and influence. 

A global hub for scholars in the multidisciplinary field, CSLS has been hailed by former Law and Society Association president Howard Erlanger as “without a doubt the premier law and society research center in the world.” Another former president (Lawrence Friedman) called it “a magnet for scholars all over the world whose international influence is incalculable.”

Read more here.