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JudgeWelcome to Hobart and William Smith's Law and Society web site.

HWS Law & Society minors help define the cutting edge of the field, as well as nourish the many other facets of their personalities, thanks to the breadth and depth of a liberal arts education. It's a total package.

About The Law & Society Minor

The law permeates our lives, shaping both our behavior and our sense of right and wrong, often in waysprison, dna, &  handcuffs in which we are not aware. But, as law has a great impact on society, so too does society have a great impact on law. As law has an internal logic, represented by the reasoning of judicial opinions, so does it have an external logic, as it is affected by social and historical forces. The purpose of the law and society program is to provide an opportunity for students to study the impact of law on society and of society on law. We have come to understand in recent decades how law is a truly interdisciplinary area of study. A number of disciplines have something to contribute to our understanding of law. The law and society program seeks to provide an avenue to an understanding of law in this broader sense.

Where We Are Located

Demarest Hall

The HWS Law & Society Program is located in Demarest Hall.

For more Information, Please Contact:

The Philosophy Department
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Demarest Hall 303
Geneva, NY 14456
phone (315) 781-3377
fax (315) 781-3348


Demarest Hall

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For more information, contact:

Steven Lee, Professor of Philosophy, ext. 3379, Delancey House

Dept. Secretary:

Susan Reece
781- 3347

Fax: (315) 781- 3348