Interdisciplinary Academic Programs

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. For this reason, students do not study law as an autonomous discipline. Faculty draw students' attention to insights from the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences beginning on the first day of class. Faculty members include historians, economists, philosphers, and political scientists, and each year several Law School classes are cross-listed with other departments of the University. While Law and Economics was the first interdisciplinary field for which the Law School became famous, our curriculum demonstrates that students and faculty forge ahead in many other disciplines as well.

International and Comparative Law

The University of Chicago Law School has a broad commitment to the study and practice of International Law.

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Law and Economics

The University of Chicago Law School has launched a major new initiative – Law and Economics 2.0 – to expand the scholarship and influence of law and economics in the United States and broaden its impact throughout the world. The centerpiece of the initiative is the new Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics.

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Law and Philosophy

The Law School offers an extremely broad and deep program of interdisciplinary study in law and philosophy, with attention to both the major historical figures and contemporary problems.

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Legal History Program

The Legal History Program at the University of Chicago draws upon the faculty in both the Law School and the History Department to offer a range of courses in the history of law.

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