Law and Social Policy

This concentration focuses on law as it consciously shapes society, as distinguished from it role in adjudicating disputes and making arrangements between private parties. This approach to the study of law is informed by the knowledge and techniques of the social sciences.

Because of its broad scope, this concentration offers two "tracks" policy analysis and public interest. The two-track approach reflects the fact that students taking this concentration likely have varied interests and career motivations. Offering two tracks helps guide these students in focusing their studies. Students may fulfill the requirements for one or both of these tracks, which will be indicated accordingly on their transcript.

To complete the requirements for either track of this concentration, students must:

  1. complete the required courses
  2. earn a specified number of credits in the defined curricular tracks
  3. satisfy the research writing requirement

Policy Analysis Track
This track is designed for students with a strong intellectual and practical interests in policy analysis. Students may be interested in working in policy-related positions in government, think tanks, other non-profit policy-related organizations, or academic research positions.

Policy Analysis Requirements
Policy Analysis Checklist (pdf)

Public Interest Track
This track is designed for students who have strong intellectual and practical interests in public interest law. Students may be interested in working in government enforcement agencies, non-profit advocacy or service organizations, or clinical academic positions.

Public Interest Requirements
Public Interest Checklist (pdf)

Program Director: Len Rubinowitz