The Institute for Legal Studies acts as a catalyst and facilitator for scholarly work on sociolegal topics carried out by law faculty and their collaborators. It provides support for the Legal History Program, sponsors faculty workshops on works-in-progress, professional development, and research methods, and organizes guest lectures, symposia and conferences. The Institute hosts two biennial signature events: the Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History and the Midwest Law and Society Retreat.
It currently hosts four events regularly: Ideas & Innovations speaker series and the junior faculty series (sponsored by the Dean's Office), Law & Society speaker series and Wednesday workshop series. In addition, it hosts the Law and Society Graduate Fellows program. For details, please see ILS History
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- Law and Society Graduate Fellows Program A program for SJD and graduate students at UW-Madison which aims to expand students' research skills and assist in preparing for the dissemination of their research.
- Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History Biennial two-week summer session for early-career legal historians. The next Hurst Institute dates: June 4-17, 2017
- Ideas and Innovations Series (hosted by the Dean's Office)
- Law and Society Speaker Series
- Faculty Workshop Series (Wednesday Workshops)
- Junior faculty exchange series (hosted by the Dean's Office)
- Wisconsin Discussion Group on Constitutionalism: Annual faculty workshop hosted by Professors Heinz Klug, Brad Snyder and Asifa Quraishi-Landes
- Legal Studies Workshop Series
- Midwest Law and Society Retreat: Biennial event bringing together faculty and graduate students from the Midwest's diverse law and society programs for a weekend of intellectual exchange and community building.
See Midwest Retreat 2018.