General Information

The J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History is a biennial event sponsored by the Institute for Legal Studies in conjunction with the American Society for Legal History (ASLH). Each Hurst Institute is organized and chaired by a well-known legal historian and includes visiting senior scholars who lead specialized sessions.

For each Institute, a committee appointed by the ASLH reviews applications from beginning faculty members, doctoral students with completed or almost completed dissertations, and recent J.D. graduates, and selects 12 junior scholars from around the world as Institute Fellows. (The person who serves as the Hurst program chair does not serve on the selection committee.) Fellows come to Madison for two weeks to participate in seminars, meet other legal historians, and discuss their own work. The two-week program is structured but informal, and features discussions of core readings in legal history and analysis of the work of the participants in the Institute.

For more information on the Hurst, including information about J. Willard Hurst and the legal history tradition at UW Law, please visit the UW Law School Repository.

2021 Session

The 2021 Hurst Institute will take place in June 2021
Faculty Leader - Professor Sarah Barringer Gordon

Call for applications (will be posted soon) - deadline: December 4, 2020

Previous Sessions 
2019 Session

The 2019 Hurst Institute took place June 9-22, 2019. 

For information about previous Hurst sessions, please visit the UW Law School Repository.

Lock Icon