Legal Studies Research Overview
Legal Studies focuses on the study of law and justice, including legal institutions and the legal process, from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The courses in this undergraduate major deal with a wide variety of subjects, including philosophy, American legal history, foreign legal traditions, political science, public policy, business and economics, social sciences, environmental studies, bioethics, ethnic and gender studies, and the criminal justice process.
The UC Berkeley Library maintains a research-level collection in many fields. The collection supports the legal studies department's teaching programs, as well as other disciplines, interdisciplinary programs, and professional schools. Many of the Library's social science, science, and humanities collections also inform legal studies researchers.
The Legal Studies collection (Library of Congress Call # range K-KZ) is housed in the Gardner (Main) Stacks. The undergraduate Moffitt Library also maintains a collection of core, high-use English language materials of particular relevance to the undergraduate curriculum. The Reference Center and North Reading Room on the 2nd floor of Doe houses a permanent reference collection in social sciences and government documents. Several subject speciality libraries including Social Welfare, Public Health, Education & Psychology, Ethnic Studies, Institute for Governmental Studies, and Business also possess collections highly relevant to legal studies.
The Law Library collects primary and secondary materials related to law and has strict access and circulation policies for non-UCB Law students.
For a comprehensive search for relevant information on a legal studies topic, researchers may need to use many of UCB's licensed databases. This guide links to databases that point to books, articles, government documents, and news sources for use in building a knowledge base.