Welcome to the Center for the Study of Law and Society (CSLS)

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)

Congratulations to CSLS Affilate Award Winners! 

CSLS is excited to announce three honors recently bestowed on CSLS faculty affiliates. Former CSLS Faculty Director Lauren Edelman was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition, former CSLS Faculty Director Malcom Feeley received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association.  Finally, CSLS affiliate Osagie Obasogie received a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship. CSLS congratulates each award recipient for their significant achievements. 

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. 

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.