- The scholarly study of legal ideas and institutions from the standpoint of one or more of the basic disciplines, such as, history, economics, philosophy, sociology, or political science.
- Policy analysis and applied research on law-related issues in such fields as criminal justice, poverty and discrimination, human rights, urban planning, and environmental protection.
- Preparation for teaching legal studies in graduate and undergraduate curriculums.
- Interdisciplinary preparation for teaching law.
Admission to the JSP Program does not require a juris doctor (J.D.) degree, and does not lead to a J.D. degree. Students may apply to both the law school’s J.D. and JSP Programs; however, admission to one does not guarantee admission to the other.
Applicants have two options:
- To seek admission to the JSP Program alone, leading to the Ph.D. degree without a J.D. degree.
- To seek admission to both programs, leading, if admitted to both, to the J.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Completion of the first option normally takes about five years and completion of the second option includes an additional year or more.
A fundamental objective of the JSP Program is to focus the knowledge and perspectives of the social sciences and humanities on the analysis of law, legal discourses, legal institutions, and law-related policies. To this end, JSP’s faculty includes scholars from economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.
Lynette Chua (PhD, ’11), Assistant Professor of Law, Natinonal University of Singapore, received the 2015 Distinguished Book Award from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association for her: Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State (Temple, 2014).
Gwendolyn Leachman (PhD ’14; JD ’11), Assistant Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received the 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Law & Society Association for: “Institutions and Dominance within Social Movements: How Legal Strategies Shape the Agendas of Movements for Social Change.”
Hillary Berk (PhD ’13), Berkeley Legal Studies Postdoctoral Scholar at Berkeley Law, received the 2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Law & Society Association for “The Legalization of Emotion: Risk, Gender, and the Management of Feeling in Contracts for Surrogate Labor.”
Mark Massoud (PhD ’08; JD ’06), Assistant Professor of Politics and Legal Studies, UC Santa Cruz, receives the 2014 Herbert Jacob Book Prize from the Law and Society Association, for: Law’s Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan (Cambridge, 2013).
Richard Leo (PhD ’94; JD ’94), Visiting Professor of Law, UCLA, and Professor of Law, University of San Francisco, receives the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, Crime and Juvenile Delinquency Division, and the 2014 William J. Chambliss Lifetime Achievement Award, Law and Society Division, both from the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Kaaryn Gustafson (PhD ’03; JD ’97), Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law, University of Connecticut, appointed as Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine.
Lynette Chua (PhD, ’11), Assistant Professor of Law, National University of Singapore, receives Honorable Mention, 2014 2nd Half Century Junior Scholars Essay Competition from the Law & Society Association Association, for “The Law and Society Association and Its International Future”.
Rosann Greenspan (PhD ’91), Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley, receives the 2014 Fellows Award from the Western Society of Criminology.
Tom Ginsburg (PhD, ’99; JD ’97), Leo Spitz Professor of International Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, elected in 2013 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Alexa Koenig (PhD, ’12) appointed to Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law.
Lynette Chua (PhD, ’11), Assistant Professor of Law, National University of Singapore, receives the 2013 Article Prize, Honorable Mention, from the Law & Society Association, for: “Pragmatic Resistance, Law and Social Movements in Authoritarian States: The Case of Gay Collective Action in Singapore” (Law & Society Review 46: 713-748, 2012)
Kaaryn Gustafson (PhD ’03; JD ’97), Ellen Ash Peters Professor of Law, University of Connecticut, receives the 2012 Herbert Jacob Book Prize (co-winner) from the Law & Society Association, for: Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty (NYU Press, 2012).
Benjamin Chen and Li Zhiyu received an Honorable Mention for the 2015 Phanor J. Eder Prize in Comparative Law from the American Society of Comparative Law for the paper, “Who May Sue the One-Party Dominated State?”.
Shoaib Ghias receives an Honorable Mention for the 2015 Phanor J. Eder
Prize in Comparative Law from the American Society of Comparative Law
for the paper, “Mentions Defining Shari’a: Stoning and the Politics of
Islamic Judicial Review”.
Hannah Laqueur’s research on drug decriminalization appears in Law & Social Inquiry. To see the article, go to: Link
Cait Unkovic’s collaborative research (with Ian Ayers) on policies for overcoming barriers to reporting sexual assault appears in the New York Times. Link
Ryan Copus and Hannah Laqueur’s research on the association between crime rate drops and sporting events profiled in the Chicago Sun-Times. Link
Johann Koehler receives the 2014 Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Critical Criminology, for: “The Development and Fracture of a Discipline: Legacies of the School of Criminology at Berkeley.”
Kelsey Mayo awarded a 2014 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Grant and a 2014 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship to support her dissertation, “Law and Institutional Competition in Charter School Authorization”.
Gwendolyn Leachman (PhD ’14; JD ’11), currently a Sears Law Fellow with the Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA Law, will begin in fall 2014 as Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Affiliate Faculty Member in the Department of Sociology.
Veena Dubal (PhD ’14; JD ’06) accepts 2014-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clayman Institute for Gender Studies, Stanford University.
Ayako Hirata, Winner, 2014 2nd Half Century Junior Scholars Essay Competition from the Law & Society Association, for “Academic Networks Beyond National Borders”.
Genevieve Painter, Honorable Mention, 2014 2nd Half Century Junior Scholars Essay Competition from the Law & Society Association Association, for “The LSA at 50: Overcoming the Fear of Missing Out on the Next Occupy”.
Genevieve Painter receives a 2014 Woodrow Wilson Women’s Studies Dissertation Fellowship to support her dissertation, “Indigenous Women’s Rights versus Self-Determination: A Genealogy of the Conflict”.
Alexandra Havrylyshyn receives the 2013 Austin Sarat Award for the Best Graduate Student Paper from the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, for “We Contest Her Status for Her: Resisting the Legality of Slaveryin the French Atlantic (1740).”
Hillary Berk has been awarded a UC Dissertation Year Fellowship for 2012-2013 to complete her dissertation titled “Contracts, Surrogacy, and Emotional Labor: How Law Matters When Managing Relationship.”
David Louk named a 2012-13 Policy Fellow, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University.
Genevieve Painter has been awarded the Canadian (SSHRC) Social Science and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship for 2012-2013.
Chase Burton (Legal Studies AB ’12) receives the 2012 Undergraduate Paper Prize from the Law and Society Association, for: “Spare the Cell, Spoil the Child: The History and Philosophy of American Juvenile Justice.”
Alexandra Havrylyshyn was awarded the Edward Hildebrand Graduate Fellowship for research in Canadian studies for summer 2012, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellowship for 2011-2015.
Larisa Mann is an invited participant in the Western States Arts Federation Cultural Policy Symposium in April of 2012.
James Phillips named a 2012 John Marshall Fellow by the Claremont Institute.
Shauhin Talesh, has the lead article in the most recent Law & Society Review: “How Dispute Resolution System Design Matters: An Organizational Analysis of Dispute Resolution Structures and Consumer Lemon Laws” (46:463-496, 2012
Helen Hartnell has been awarded a Fullbright Core Grant for research and teaching at the University of Helsinki, where she will be affiliated with the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Foundations of European Law and Policy.
Catherine Albiston and Victoria Plaut, together with Susan Carlson (Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, UCOP) and Kim Shauman (Sociology, UC Davis), received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation for their study, “Recruiting STEM Faculty: A Systematic Analysis of the Faculty Hiring Process at Research Intensive Universities.” The study investigates the conditions, processes, and social contexts that generate or mitigate gender and racial/ethnic disparities in STEM faculty hiring. It will use a unique dataset on ladder-rank faculty hiring across the ten research-intensive universities in the UC system to test hypotheses about how gender and race/ethnicity influence applications for faculty positions, evaluation of applicants, and outcomes at multiple stages in the faculty hiring process.
Kinch Hoekstra has been appointed as the Carlyle Lecturer at the University of Oxford in the 2016-17 academic year. Under the appointment, he will deliver a series of lectures on the history of political thought. The Carlyle Lectures represent one of the world’s most distinguished lecture series in this field. Past lecturers include Charles Taylor, Mark Lilla, Judith Shklar, and (not least) Jeremy Waldron.
David Lieberman delivered the 2015 Maurice and Muriel Fulton Lecture in Legal History at the University of Chicago Law School. He spoke on: “Courts, Democracy and Jeremy Bentham.”
Malcolm Feeley has been awarded the highest honor in the Law & Society Association, the 2015 Harry J. Kalven, Jr Award for empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society.
Kristen Luker has been awarded the 2015 Simon and Gagnon Award from the American Sociological Association for career contributions to the field of sociology of sexualities.
Calvin Morrill has been elected Secretary of the Law & Society Association for a two-year term (2016-2017).
Malcolm Feeley has been awarded the 2015 Paul Tappan Award from the Western Society of Criminology, the Society’s highest honor, for outstanding contributions to the field of criminology.
Jonathan Simon has been awarded the 2015 Western Society of Criminology Fellows Award, awarded to a person generally associated with the Western region who has made important contributions to the field of criminology.
Christopher Tomlins joins JSP faculty. Professor Tomlins is widely regarded as one of the leading American legal historians in the United States, and one of the most highly regarded scholars working at the intersection of Law & Society, and Law & Humanities.
Rachel Stern receives 2014 Herbert Jacob Book Prize, Honorable Mention, from the Law and Society Association, for: Environmental Litigation in China: A Study in Political Ambivalence (Cambridge, 2013).
Justin McCrary appointed Director, Social Science Data Laboratory (D-Lab), University of California, Berkeley.
Jonathan Simon appointed Director, Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley.
Calvin Morrill appointed Associate Dean and Chair of Jurisprudence and Social Policy.
Kevin Quinn elected President of the Society for Political Methodology for 2013-15.
Frank Zimring has been awarded the highest honor in the Law & Society Association, the 2013 Harry J. Kalven, Jr Award for empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society.
Kristin Luker receives the 2013 Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale University. The Cross Medal recognizes distinguished achievement by Yale Alumni in scholarship, teaching, academic administration, and public service.
Kinch Hoekstra receives 2013 UC Berkeley campus Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of Graduate Student Instructors.
David Liberman to be 2013-14 Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton University.
Robert Cooter receives 2012 Honorary Doctorate from the Universidad de San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru.
Lauren Edelman and Catherine Albiston (with co-authors Linda Krieger, Scott Eliason, and Virginia Mellema, PhD ’06, JD ’87), receive the 2012 W. Richard Scott Prize for Distinguished Scholarship, Honorable Mention, in Organizations, Occupations, and Work from the American Sociological Association, for: “When Organizations Rule: Judicial Deference to Institutionalized Employment Structures (American Journal of Sociology 117: 888-954, 2011).
Malcolm Feeley awarded a 2012 Fulbright Fellowship for Australia, where he will continue pursuing his work on prison privatization.
Lauren Edelman and Catherine Albiston (with coauthors Linda Krieger, Scott Eliason, and Virginia Mellema, PhD ’06, JD ’87) receive the 2012 Article Prize from the Law and Society Association, for: “When Organizations Rule: Judicial Deference to Institutionalized Employment Structures (American Journal of Sociology 117: 888-954, 2011).
Harry Scheiber receives the 2012 Stefan A. Riesenfeld Award for outstanding contributions to the field of international law. The award honors the memory of Riesenfeld (JD ’37), who devoted much of his life to the study and practice of international law, and recognizes a recipient who has shown commitment to the values and ideas he espoused.
Robert Cooter receives the 2011 European Law and Economics Association Distinction Award.
Calvin Morrill and Lauren Edelman (with coauthors Karolyn Tyson and Richard Arum) receive the 2011 Distinguished Article Award in the Sociology of Law from the American Sociological Association, for: “Legal Mobilization in Schools: The Paradox of Rights and Race among Youth” (Law & Society Review 44: 651-694, 2010).
Martin Shapiro receives the 2011 Berkeley Citation, the highest acknowledgment of scholarly achievement awarded by University of California, Berkeley.
Jonathan Simon receives 2010 Michael J. Hindelang Prize from the American Society of Criminology, for: Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear (Oxford, 2007).