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The Center for Law, Justice & Culture is an interdisciplinary academic community dedicated to advancing scholarship and teaching by integrating programs and uniting faculty and students who share a common interest in law’s constitutive and formative role in cultural, political, and social life.

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For faculty, the center advances research excellence by fostering collaboration, grant acquisition, mentorship, and professional relationships with national leaders in the field. 

For students, the center provides opportunities to study law and justice from a liberal arts perspective, bringing together interdisciplinary viewpoints from anthropology, criminology, political science, sociology, and other departments across the social sciences and humanities.

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As we begin a new year, we are celebrating the accomplishments of the Center for Law, Justice & Culture across 2011-12.

We have achieved many of our goals, most notably launching our undergraduate certificate program for students to critically examine law from a liberal arts perspective. We extend a warm welcome to our first cohort of 14 exceptional students in the certificate program!

We have also maintained our strong record of speakers and events. Highlights included prominent political theorist Michael Hardt’s lecture on “the right to the common” and recent social movements that have focused on the masses, which was accompanied by a faculty and student reading group, and the Cultures of Incarceration Film Series, which shed light on many dimensions of punishment and incarceration in the contemporary United States. In addition, CLJC secured funding for a new Pre-Law Advisor as well as a new space in Bentley Hall.  Construction for the Center space will begin over the summer and continue into the fall.  With such a strong foundation, we are well positioned to continue developing our initiatives in the years ahead.


"Death of a Penalty:
The Decline and Fall
of Capital Punishment"

Austin Sarat

Professor Austin Sarat delivered the Center's Inaugural Lecture in May 2010. One of the leading socio-legal scholars in the United States, he spoke to a packed hall of students, faculty, and community members.

Professor Sarat is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College, and serves with other distinguished faculty on the Center's External Board of Academic Advisors.



“It took only six months to get from inspiration to institution — that pace, in and of itself, conveys the sense of excitement that so many of us here feel about the Center and its mission."

Center Faculty Member





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