Bringing together law, social science, the humanities, and arts

Creating educational opportunities and generating scholarship

Inspiring critical inquiry into law, justice, and the legal process


The Center in Law, Society and Culture (CLSC) brings together UC Irvine faculty and graduate students who share interests in law, society, and culture, broadly defined. 

Through workshops, colloquia, and support for interdisciplinary projects and activities, the Center works to generate new scholarship and disseminate knowledge to diverse audiences about issues related to: race, law and justice; law and literature; critical legal theory; law and space; legal philosophy and culture; globalization and migration; knowledge production; legal consciousness; law, science, and society; and law and history.

The Center encourages substantive intellectual exchanges among and between scholars and community members, facilitates both informal and formal educational opportunities, and supports faculty and graduate students in developing interdisciplinary scholarship.

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Emphasis in Law, Society and Culture first cohort of students announced for 2015-16. The LSC Emphasis is designed to instill an intellectual ethic of inter-disciplinarity among participating students early in their training...Read more HERE

Professor Mona Lynch published an op-ed in the NY Times, in which she describes her current research on federal sentencing and urges the nation to rein in the prosecutorial discretion that too often results in deeply unjust outcomes for defendants. Read more HERE.

Assistant Professor Sora Han published a book entitled Letters of the Law: Race and the Fantasy of Colorblindness in American Law. Through close reading of legal texts, Han asks how we should understand the concept of colorblindness in the face of enduring racial hierarchy in American law and society. Read more HERE.

The University of North Carolina Press is bringing out a paperback edition of Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930, by Catherine L. Fisk (CLSC Co-Director and UCI Professor of Law).  Read more...

Do you have recent publications, accomplishments, or other news to share with the CLSC community?  Please update us by sending an email with relevant details.