Our Mission

Welcome!  The Comparative Law & Society Studies (CLASS) Center emphasizes the instrumental and dynamic role of law in shaping our contemporary and globalized world.  Law is truly “all over” and increasingly becoming the primary mode of social control and cohesion in collective life.  Law has certainly been a foundation for modernity, but its scope, diversity and centrality is greater now than ever before.  The forces of legalization are proceeding at unparalleled rates throughout the world.

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Grad Fellows Program

CLASS offers an interdisciplinary certificate program that enables qualified students to earn a certificate in socio-legal studies as they pursue their doctorate. PhD students from the social sciences, Evans School, and Law School are eligible to apply to the certificate program. PhD students who are accepted into the certificate program will be designated CLASS Fellows, and will be eligible to receive upon graduation a certificate designating completion of an independent interdisciplinary law and society program.

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Events

CLASS hosts regular intellectual events. These include “workshares”, where faculty and graduate students share work-in-progress. They also include public lectures by UW faculty and visitors from other institutions. We also provide CLASS Grad Fellow professionalization workshops aimed at developing key skills in publishing, grant acquisition and conducting research amongst our graduate students.

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