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At Berkeley Law, research is part of our DNA.

Berkeley Law hosts more than 25 research centers and initiatives where faculty and researchers seek solutions to wide-ranging challenges, from developing business strategies to combating climate change to safeguarding intellectual property in the global economy. 




Centers, Institutes & Initiatives

Anglo-American Studies Program

The underlying purpose of the Anglo-American Studies Program is to widen and deepen campus interest and knowledge of British affairs and their implications for the United States.

Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice

The Berkeley Center for Consumer Law & Economic Justice works to ensure safe, equal and fair access to the marketplace.

Berkeley Center for Law and Business

BCLB is the hub of Berkeley Law’s cutting edge research and teaching on the impact of law on business and the United States’ and global economies.

Berkeley Center for Law & Technology

BCLT promotes the understanding and guides the development of intellectual property and related fields of law and policy as they intersect with business, science and technology.

Berkeley Center for Private Law Theory

BCPLT promotes interdisciplinary research on the ways that private law structures the legal building blocks that most profoundly affect our social and economic life — notably property, contract, and torts as well as central aspects of family law, trust law, and work law.

Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

A group of scholars, activists, and legal professionals from six continents, joined together by an interest in the study of comparative anti-discrimination law and working together to address the equality issues of the day.

Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

The institute develops opportunities for research, programming, visiting scholars, colloquia and classes to strengthen academic inquiry and discourse related to Jewish and Israeli topics across the Berkeley campus.

Berkeley Judicial Institute

The Berkeley Judicial Institute (BJI)’s mission is to build bridges between judges and academics and to promote an ethical, resilient and independent judiciary.

Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy & Public Finance

The Burch Center promotes research in tax policy and public finance, disseminates this research to the academic and tax policy communities, and stimulates informed discussion of tax policies of national significance.

California Constitution Center

The California Constitution Center is the first and only center at any law school devoted exclusively to studying the constitution and high court of the state of California.

Center for Law, Energy & the Environment

CLEE is a research center whose mission is to foster interdisciplinary environmental law and policy research and to translate that research into pragmatic solutions.

Center for Law and Work

A core institutional center for student and faculty professional and scholarly development around the law of work, promoting cross-disciplinary scholarship to address the pressing employment related policy concerns of today.

Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture

The Center on Race, Sexuality & Culture at Berkeley Law will examine contemporary questions of identity and discrimination through the lens of intersectionality, which considers how race, gender, and sexual orientation overlap to produce distinct experiences of vulnerability and resilience.

Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

The Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice is dedicated to broadening the conversation on reproductive rights and choices through legal scholarship, teaching and conferences, and by bolstering law and policy advocacy efforts.

The Center for the Study of Law and Society

The Center for the Study of Law and Society fosters empirical research and theoretical analysis concerning legal institutions, legal processes, legal change, and the social consequences of law.

Civil Justice Research Initiative

The Civil Justice Research Initiative explores, through interdisciplinary, academically-based and independent research, how the civil justice system can be made more available to everyone seeking relief.

Criminal Law & Justice Center

The Criminal Law & Justice Center is a hub for research, education and advocacy. Blending a data-driven approach with zealous advocacy, the Center offers empirical insights into the intricacies of the legal system and policy outcomes.

The Election Administration Research Center

The Election Administration Research Center seeks to improve the administration of elections, both within the US and internationally, through research, education, training, technical assistance, and public outreach.

Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice

Established in 1999, the Henderson Center produces and fosters creative scholarship that examines the law through a lens of social justice, and works in partnership with communities to provide education to the general public.

Human Rights Center

The Human Rights Center promotes human rights and international justice worldwide and trains the next generation of human rights researchers and advocates.

The Institute for Legal Research

The Institute combines research, teaching, and public service in constitutional law and history, criminal justice, and environmental law and policy. It houses the Sho Sato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law, and the Law of the Sea Institute.

Kadish Center for Morality, Law & Public Affairs

The Kadish Center seeks to promote research and reflection on moral philosophical issues in law and public life, with special concern for the substantive aspects of criminal law.

Korea Law Center

The Korea Law Center will address the development of the Korean legal, constitutional, and political systems by bringing together scholars, judges, and others to foster a robust exchange of ideas and research.

Law, Economics, and Politics Center

LEAP’s goal is to further interdisciplinary scholarship, ideas, and discussion in law, policy, economics, business, and government.

The Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law

The Miller Institute supports populations overlooked or unprotected by existing legal infrastructure, with a global focus on climate and energy justice, corruption, rule of law and human rights.

Public Law and Policy Program

The Public Law and Policy Program focuses on scholarship on issues of constitutional and administrative law, and the judicial and legislative process.

The Robbins Collection

The mission of the Robbins Collection is to promote and sponsor comparative research and study in the fields of religious and civil law, including Jewish and Islamic law and the various Christian traditions.

Statewide Database

The Statewide Database is the redistricting database for the State of California. The Statewide Database is a non-partisan resource on census data, elections and election data, districting on all levels, and voting rights.