Program on Legal and Constitutional History
Virginia’s Program on Legal and Constitutional History creates a rich intellectual community of scholars and students with shared historical interests.
J.D.-M.A. Program in History
In cooperation with the University of Virginia’s Corcoran Department of History, the Law School allows students to obtain a J.D. and an M.A. in history in three years. Several veterans of the dual-degree program have gone on to successful careers in legal academia, and recent graduates have clerked for U.S. Supreme Court justices. Law students interested in the program should contact the Law School faculty advisor, Professor Charles Barzun.
Charles W. McCurdy Fellowship in Legal History
Offered through a partnership between the Miller Center and the Law School, the yearlong McCurdy Fellowship allows scholars to work in residence at the Law School while completing dissertations in legal and political history. The fellowship, which carries a $32,000 stipend, includes a mentorship program and the opportunity to coordinate and present work at the Law School's legal history workshop and the Miller Center’s Spring Fellowship Conference. More
The program sponsors a series of monthly legal history lunch workshops in which scholars and Virginia faculty members present works in progress. Advanced J.D.-M.A. candidates participate in these workshops and even present drafts of their own M.A. theses.
The program also sponsors a series of lectures and panel discussions in which authors of recent important books are invited to engage in discussions of their work with students and faculty participating in the Colloquium in American Legal History.
An informal legal history writing group allows faculty, law students and graduate history students to present works-in-progress over dinner at the homes of faculty members.
Legal History Workshops, 2015-16
12 p.m., Faculty Lounge
February 22 — Renee Lettow Lerner, George Washington University
March 14 — Dylan Penningroth, University of California, Berkeley
March 28 — Neil Duxbury, London School of Economics
Contact: Professor Charles Barzun