Law, Society, and Culture Emphasis

The Law, Society, and Culture (LSC) Emphasis is designed to encourage students to explore and develop theoretical and empirical models to analyze and critique law and the role of law in legal, social, economic, political, and cultural contexts.


The program includes four inter-connected components:

  1. a theory and research concentration, with two courses taught by faculty members from different schools at UCI along with year-long participation in the Socio-Legal Studies Workshops;

  2. cross-disciplinary mentorship and advising;

  3. ongoing professionalization opportunities and responsibilities; and

  4. a project that will feasibly result in a publishable manuscript, or other product that can be widely disseminated, by the end of the academic year. In addition, each student will be assigned a faculty mentor outside of his or her home department and will meet with that mentor on a regular basis to discuss the student's ongoing research.

Courses and Cohorts