Center for Justice, Law and Society

Center for Justice, Law and Society

The Center for Justice, Law and Society links top social scientists with policymakers and practitioners in law, judicial administration and legal development.  CJLS faculty and students are drawn from multiple disciplines, all brought together by a common interest in making academe more useful to practitioners and enriching academic research with the experience of practice.  CJLS has three core objectives:

  • Advancing research and scholarly debate on questions of law and legal behavior.
  • Bridging the gap between academe and practice so that policymakers and practitioners are better informed by the insights of academic research, and academicians have a better understanding of how the concepts they study behave in practice.
  • Assisting policymakers and practitioners by applying empirical research to practical problems in the field.

News/Events

The Spangenberg Group Joins the Center for Justice, Law and Society. Read More>>
  • CJLS publishes 2010 issue of Breaking It Down: Justice, Law and Society Abstracts for Policymakers and Practitioners. Read More>>
  • Assessing the U.S.-Asean Summitt. Read More>>
  • CJLS releases Improving Diversity on the State Courts: A Report from the Bench. Read More>>
  • CJLS published latest edition of Breaking it Down: Justice, Law and Society Abstracts for Policymakers and Practitioners. Read More>>
  • CJLS to host a one day symposium on conceptualizing and measuring justice. Read More>>
  • CJLS Releases Five Policy Priorities for the Obama Administration. Read More>>
  • CJLS receives three new grants. Read More>>
  • CJLS Professor Linda Merola wins Glassman Award. Read More >>
  • CJLS Professor James Willis wins Law & Society Association's best article prize. Read More>>

Center Commentary

  • "Boycott for Burma?  Let's try this (again)!"  CJLS faculty member, John Dale. Read More >>
  • "Capitol Offense: A Better Response to Capital Habeas Corpus."  CJLS faculty member, Jon Gould. Read More >>
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