The Institute for Legal Studies, established in 1985, brings together faculty, fellows and students to support research and discussion on sociolegal topics. Activities include works-in-progress workshops and professional development for law faculty; guest lectures, symposia and conference hosting; and fellowship administration.
Support for the Legal History Program is fundamental to the mission of ILS. The teaching and study of legal history has deep roots in Wisconsin, where our groundbreaking approach to historical studies examines the interaction between law and social forces —"law in context," rather than law as a system unto itself.
Our Regular Speaker Series
- Ideas and Innovations Series (hosted by the Dean's Office)
- Law and Society Speaker Series
- Wednesday Workshop Series for faculty
- Junior Faculty Exchange Series (hosted by the Dean's Office)
- Compliance Initiative Series
- Law and Society Graduate Fellows Program
A program for S.J.D. and UW-Madison graduate students aimed at expanding research skills and preparing students to disseminate their work.
- Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History
Biennial two-week summer session for early-career legal historians. The next Hurst Institute dates: June 9-22, 2019
- Midwest Law and Society Retreat
A biennial event for faculty and graduate students from the Midwest's diverse law and society programs for a weekend of intellectual exchange and community building.
- American Bar Foundation Speaker Exchange Series
- Wisconsin Discussion Group on Constitutionalism
An annual faculty workshop hosted by Professors David Schwartz, Heinz Klug, and Asifa Quraishi-Landes
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