Legal Field Studies (LFS): CFS 394-1 and 394-2

Class Type: 4 credits*

Academic Focus: Legal culture and contemporary issues in law

What you need to know:

  • Open to Juniors and Seniors. Sophomores with 22 credits may apply, but priority is given to upperclassmen
  • Offered Winter, Spring, and Summer quarter
  • LFS (394-1 & 2) is taught together as one 3 hour class on Mondays typically on the Evanston campus
  • These classes total 4 units of credit (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Internship time commitment is 24-36+ hours per week. (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Students typically intern Tuesday-Friday
  • Classes may have mandatory field trips that require students’ absence from their internship
  • You are advised to keep your Monday schedule open to accommodate potential changes in class time and other class obligations such as field trips
  • You should not take other classes while participating in this CFS concentration. Students participating for 4 units of credit are expected to dedicate their quarter exclusively to their CFS class and internship.
  • This class will count one credit toward Weinberg Distribution Requirement for Area III: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course Description

What is law? Who makes it and decides what it is? Who are legal practitioners and what do they do? What role do race, class, and power play and how do they affect the law, our own practice, legal education, and our vision of the past, present, and future?

Students in the Legal Field Studies concentration participate in two classes: Organizational Culture & Legal Process and Contemporary Issues in Law. These classes examine the intersection of law, culture, and society in the United States. This course provides an overview of the legal system, including topics such as:

  • The history of law and practice in United States
  • The law in your life
  • Are the systems currently in place discriminatory?
  • The attorney’s toolbox
  • Legal strategy
  • Ethical decision making - what does it mean?
  • Examination of international laws and how international laws and systems interact with the US
  • Benefits and disadvantages of a legal education
  • The law and other disciplines

2017-2018 Instructor: Monica Llorente Lopez 

Types of Internships that relate to the Legal Field Studies classes:

For orientation, internship run, and midterm meeting dates, as well as other program obligations, please see the Important Program Dates page

*Please note: LFS can be taken for 2, 3 or 4 units of credit in the Summer ONLY.  Please see the Summer with CFS page for more information