Law, Letters, and Society

The Law, Letters, and Society (LLSO) program is the University of Chicago’s selective interdisciplinary major in the social sciences, organized around the study of law. LLSO majors graduate with a uniquely diverse set of analytical skills, cultivated from taking LLSO-dedicated courses. Additionally, students in the program take courses across the College’s curriculum and curate their Focus Field courses on a particular theme or question. While many LLSO students pursue careers in law, a significant number do not. LLSO graduates have successful careers in government, enterprise, journalism, and academia among other industries. LLSO is dedicated to cultivating undergraduate involvement in the research life of University faculty. 

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About The Major

The organizing premise of the program is that while law operates with its own logic, it is a tool of social organization making the study of “society” and “letters” central to the understanding of law and its practice. The interdisciplinary aspect of the program makes it an ideal place for students to explore their curiosity.

In the words of the Founding Director of Law, Letters, and Society, Dennis Hutchinson, “One of the attractions of the program is that it’s not regimented, it gives bright, curious people flexibility to explore and develop interests.” 

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