Projects & Initiatives
The goal of the Institute is to promote the understanding and dissemination of the economic approach to law. It supports research and learning by students, faculty and fellow, and organizes events and activities in Chicago and beyond.
Chicago's devotion to interdisciplinary inquiry is as old as the school itself. It grows out of our conviction that the law does not exist in a vacuum; we can understand the law and legal methods only if we understand both how the law affects the behavior of the society it governs and how the law reflects the values of that society.
The Initiative’s mission is to bring Chicago ideas to bear on policy debates, policy making, and legal and business decision making through scholarly research, external engagement, and educational programming.
A certificate-granting program designed to provide Chicago Law students with the analytical tools to be preeminent not just in the practice of law, but also in business.
The Chicago Policy Initiatives, designed in the spirit of the Chicago Jury Project of the 1950’s, are one of the most ambitious of the recently expanded intellectual and practical programs underway at the Law School.
As classes began in 2008, we inaugurated our new Ethics Program. Our Associate Dean, David Zarfes, has worked with many experienced practitioners to develop a case-based Ethics seminar.
Participants in the Pro Bono Service Initiative contribute to their legal education by gaining exposure to important legal issues, invaluable experiences, and a hands on opportunity to influence how law affects real people.
Chicago is committed to training lawyers and scholars who are dedicated to the public good as well as to professional excellence.