Cutting-edge legal research has long been a hallmark of the Law School. Our faculty have created or participate in numerous research centers and projects housed both in the Law School and throughout the University.
The Law School enjoys an affiliation with The Center for Comparative Constitutionalism, coordinated by Professor Martha C. Nussbaum. Established in 2002, this Center's work focuses on the relationship between constitutional law and the concerns of marginalized or subordinated people and groups.
The Center sponsors speakers and conferences to support and encourage the reflective, critical and philosophical study of human values, with a particular emphasis on the conceptual, historical, and empirical foundations of the normative systems—moral, political, and legal—in which human being live.
The Center for Studies in Criminal Justice, established in 1965 under a grant from the Ford Foundation, is concerned with enlarging knowledge of behavior defined as criminal and with studying the operation of the agencies of criminal justice and other agencies of social control.
The BFI supports research on important policy-related questions through the application of economic analysis. This mission builds on Chicago’s tradition of rigorous intellectual inquiry motivated and backed by empirical evidence. Over the last century, contributions by University of Chicago faculty in the Department of Economics, the Chicago Booth School of Business, the Law School, and other departments and schools have helped to shape the study of economics in profound ways. The Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics continues this tradition. It supports the broad exchange of ideas among University of Chicago faculty and visiting scholars across the most exciting areas of economic research.