Institute for Legal Research

As of August 1, 2005, the Earl Warren Legal Institute has been renamed the Institute for Legal Research as a result of the reorganization of research units at Boalt Hall School of Law.

The Institute for Legal Research (ILR) is an Organized Research Unit of the University of California, Berkeley, established by the UC Regents in 1967. The Institute's mission is to serve as a center for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public service. Harry N. Scheiber, who holds the Stefan A. Riesenfeld professorship at the School of Law, became director of the Institute in July 2002.

Research based at the Institute is funded by the University as well as by foundation and governmental grants. In recent years, the Institute focused on the fields of criminal justice and family law under the leadership of Professor Franklin E. Zimring. These programs will continue, and the new director, Professor Scheiber, has announced initiatives in the following program areas:

  • constitutional law and history
  • Japanese and comparative law
  • environmental law and policy
  • ocean law and policy

In addition, the Law of the Sea Institute, an international organization, now has its headquarters at ILR.

Each of the ILR programs has cooperative relationships with individual scholars (some of whom receive non-stipend appointments as ILR fellows) and with other university and research programs in the United States and abroad.

The Institute's offices are located in the School of Law. Visitors from U.S. and foreign institutions are often in residence, both to participate in Institute-oriented programs and to pursue their own research projects on legal doctrine, theory, and empirical analysis.

Contact Information

381 Boalt Hall
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
Phone: 510-642-5125
Fax: 510-643-2698

Harry N. Scheiber
Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law and History
360 Boalt Hall
Phone: 510-643-9788/643-3595

Senior Administrative Analyst
Karen Chin
359 Boalt Hall
Phone: 510-642-5125

Administrative Assistant
Toni Mendicino
381 Boalt Hall
Phone: 510-643-7969