Exploring the world at the intersection of law and society

Gain invaluable real-world experience as you take an up-close look at the criminal justice system with the help of our Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society.

You’ll get connected with faculty who are also interested in the study of law and society and learn from well-regarded legal scholars that the center brings to campus each year.

Interested in an internship? We’ve got you covered. More than a dozen paid student internships in the community are available.

You just won’t find opportunities like this at most other universities of our size.


For students selected as Adams Center Scholars, their experiences help define and solidify their research interests and career paths.

Student Opportunities

We’ll help you get hands-on, resume-building experience through:

  • Internship and externships
  • Visiting courts and law schools
  • Attending national and regional conferences and professional seminars
  • Independent study research projects in social and criminal justice
  • Enhanced library resources relating to law and society
  • Networking relationships with law schools, medical centers, businesses, courts and social service agencies

More than a dozen paid student internships are available each year to our Adams Center Scholars. They’ve worked with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), as well as area judges, district attorneys and probation offices.

You might even have a chance to stay on-campus during the summer, at no cost to you, for internships and research.

Graduates who have had experiences through the Adams Center are now in law school, graduate school, working on Capitol Hill and one even won a Fulbright award.

2022–23 Speaker

Christina Boyd

Christina Boyd 

Women in the Federal Judiciary: Trends in Selection and Decisions

Stretansky Hall
Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.

The federal judiciary and the judges serving in it — from the U.S. Supreme Court down to the federal trial courts — play an important role in crafting law and resolving disputes in the United States. Drawing on interdisciplinary scholarship, Boyd will discuss two important trends regarding women and the federal judiciary: the crosstime selection of women to these lifetime appointments and the decisions women make once serving on the bench. The presence of female judges on the federal judiciary can affect a great deal, including who wins or loses, whether a case settles or goes to trial, the content of the opinions that are written, and even the decisions of their male judicial colleagues.

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