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Justice and Law, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Justice and Law program at Williams College will address a wide range of subjects, including theories of justice, the philosophical, moral, historical, social, and political underpinnings of law; law enforcement and other aspects of criminal justice; methods of scientific proof; theories of global justice; law and economics.
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Ideas about justice infuse nearly all spheres of social life, from how great harms in the past, such as colonial violence or genocide, ought to be remedied to who stole whose parking space. A commitment to justice motivates much of what people do on a daily basis, and particular ideas about justice undergird governments’ legitimacy.  Law is one place where justice and power meet.  

Law both coerces us and makes possible our cooperation. Combining the study of theory and practice, the Justice and Law program at Williams College provides tools to think and argue critically about what justice law is, how law works, how ideas and institutions evolved over time and in different parts of the world, whose interests moral and political rules serve, what compliance and enforcement mean and punishment entails, and what laws’ relationships are to justice, conflict resolution and legitimate authority as well as to social stability, equity, and change.

Learning Objectives

  • To educate students in the workings of legal systems in America and around the world
  • To educate students in different theories of justice
  • To engage students in thinking about ways that different legal systems succeed and fail in promoting different conceptions of justice
  • To educate students in the deeply inter-disciplinary nature of law and justice, to recognize that an understanding of both law and justice requires study of their intersection with numerous disciplines, e.g., philosophy, religion, political science, history, and anthropology
  • To provide substantial exposure to those intersections
  • To promote critical thinking about all of the above

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Justice and Law
  • Governing Nature
  • Environmental Justice
  • Sex, Gender, and the Law in U.S. History
  • Independent Study: Legal Studies
  • Images of Law
  • Senior Seminar in Human Rights in International Politics and Law

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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