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Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) PhD Program in the School of Law at UC Berkeley

Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) PhD Program in the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley

Since 1978, JSP has offered the leading interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary PhD in law and legal institutions that pushes beyond traditional disciplinary or graduate law programs.  JSP has achieved remarkable success in educating generations of graduates from the standpoint of one or more disciplines such as, economics, history, philosophy/political theory, political science, psychology, and sociology.  JSP students work in a range of specialties, as well, including: criminal justice and mass incarceration, business law, law in comparative and global perspectives, normative and positive positive political theory, public law, law and social inequality (race, gender, class), law and social movements, human rights and immigration, poverty and discrimination, environmental protection, law and technology, and law and education. 

In the past five years alone, JSP students and graduates have received multiple scholarly awards from the American Bar Foundation, Law & Society Association, American Political Science Association, Association for the Study of Law, Culture and Humanities, and the American Sociological Association. 

Recent changes in the law school job market have produced an increasingly competitive environment in which entry-level candidates must bring to the table a well-defined program of research and set of research tools.  Berkeley JSP PhD graduates are ideally suited for today's law school market, as well as interdisciplinary and a range of disciplinary markets.   In addition to receiving a world-class education via an integrated curriculum that provides disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth across the social sciences, humanities, and law, JSP students receive cutting-edge training in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, close mentoring in small cohorts throughout their time in the program, and access to the world-class intellectual resources of Berkeley Law and the Berkeley campus. 

We do hope that you encourage your best students to apply to JSP at Berkeley.  All JSP students receive a five-year, comprehensive financial support package, yearly financial support for research and conference travel, and assistance in job placement - JSP has an excellent record of placement in top law schools and disciplinary/interdisciplinary programs.   For students accepted simultaneously to the JSP PhD and Berkeley Law JD programs, JD funding is available on a competitive basis. 

If you or your students have any questions about the program, please feel free to have them contact us: The application deadline is December 15. 


Erwin Chemerinsky
Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law 

Calvin Morrill 
Associate Dean for Jurisprudence and Social Policy and Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law

School of Law
University of California, Berkeley

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