Legal Studies Interdisciplinary Program

W&L is uniquely poised to offer an interdisciplinary program in Legal Studies. Among the top 25 liberal arts colleges, only W&L also boasts a top-25 school of law as well as an elite undergraduate commerce school. This combination promises to support a new undergraduate Legal Studies program that will take advantage of our distinctive curricular structure by involving faculty from all three academic units within the university. The program will begin offering courses for students in Fall Term 2019.

The Legal Studies Interdisciplinary Program Task Force consists of faculty from the Law School, the Williams School, and the College, and is charged with:

  • researching and studying legal-studies programs at other institutions;
  • examining how and why W&L might approach a legal-studies program and curriculum;
  • drafting learning outcomes and a mission statement for such a program at W&L; and
  • drafting a proposal or proposals for how W&L could create a unique and flourishing undergraduate legal-studies program.

Enhancing cooperation and common enterprise between our law school and our undergraduate units, and constructing a program that takes maximum advantage of our unique academic and intellectual structure will be priorities for this task force. The group was convened in early September and has had multiple meetings already this fall. A report and set of recommendations will be delivered to the provost by January 15, 2019.

Task Force Members:

  • Chair: Mark Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor of Law
  • Melina Bell, Professor of Philosophy
  • Johanna Bond, Sydney and Frances Lewis Professor of Law
  • Rebecca Harris, Professor of Politics
  • Michael Hill, Professor of Africana Studies
  • Timothy Lubin, Professor of Religion
  • Joan (Shaun) Shaughnessy, Roger D. Groot Professor of Law
  • Kishanthi Vinayagamoorthy (Parella), Associate Professor of Law
  • Julie Youngman, Assistant Professor of Business Administration