The University of Wisconsin Law School is home to a thriving community of scholars and innovative legal thinkers. Central to UW Law’s intellectual life are numerous initiatives, programs, and centers, which support a diverse range of programming and scholarship.

Additionally, UW Law offers opportunities for scholarly engagement, from works-in-progress talks to ongoing speaker series featuring faculty from other law schools to student-planned symposia. UW Law also hosts academic conferences and biennial scholarly institutes.

Initiatives & Programs

State Democracy Research Initiative

The Initiative’s mission is to foster academic research on democracy, government institutions, and public law at the state level by shining a spotlight on the states, which traditionally receive less attention than the federal government in legal scholarship and education.

Human Rights Program

 The program seeks to create a cross-campus Human Rights Program (HRP) using the momentum created by the Human Rights Initiative and the administrative and coordinating capacity of the Global Legal Studies Center (GLS). 


East Asian Legal Studies Center

EALSC supports faculty and student research on East Asian legal issues, including organizing talks and conferences, hosts visiting scholars, develops and maintains academic partnerships in East Asia, and promotes East Asian legal studies at the UW and beyond.

Global Legal Studies Center

GLS promotes the understanding of international, transnational and comparative legal systems, processes and regimes by supporting research in international legal studies, organizing workshops and conferences, and expanding connections with scholars and institution.

Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center

The Great Lake Indigenous Law Center's mission is to provide an academic and educational atmosphere and opportunity for law students to study laws affecting Native Nation and their citizens, provide legal assistance on uniquely Native Nation legal matters.

Institute for Legal Studies

ILS 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.

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