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LEGS (Law-Engaged Graduate Students)

LAPA organizes a group for graduate students with law-related interests, called LEGS (for Law-Engaged Graduate Students). LEGS features a biweekly seminar where students can present their work, a listserv that posts announcements of interest to graduate students and special events with visiting speakers, fellows and other LAPA guests. If you would like to join, please send an email to our Events Manager and ask to be included in the LEGS list. PhD students are eligible to join, as are MPA and MPP students.

MPA/MPP info, events, and news

LAPA maintains a listserv for the MPA and MPP students in the Woodrow Wilson School. This listserv will post announcements of special interest to policy students with a legal focus. Meetings of students are posted here, as are announcement of talks, special meetings with LAPA guests and speakers, and school-related news. To get onto this listserv, please send an email to our Events Manager and ask to be included in the MPA listserv.

LEGS Seminars

2012 Schedule
LAPA runs a biweekly seminar during the academic year for Law-Engaged Graduate students (both PhD and MPA/MPP) who would like to present their work in an interdisciplinary forum and who would like to meet with graduate students of similar interests across disciplinary boundaries. LEGS seminars are announced in LAPA's regular events listings (on the right-hand column of the website and on the events page).

Getting a Lexis/Nexis password

For graduate students who are affiliated with the LAPA program, we can arrange for you to get a law-school-quality LEXIS/NEXIS password for use in your research. This database allows you access to virtually all of American law in electronically searchable format, to some comparative law materials, to a large collection of law reviews and other secondary law sources, and to an extraordinary collection of news materials from US and foreign sources. If you would like a password, please contact our Office Coordinator. Periodic instructional courses are offered by David Hollander, Firestone's law librarian.

Publishing with SSRN (Social Science Research Network)

LAPA maintains a working paper series on the Social Science Research Network, under the title of the Princeton University Legal Studies Research Paper Series . SSRN publishes articles, book chapters and abstracts of books. SSRN is the best way to reach the community of law professors and legal scholars in the US. It is widely read and SSRN's paper download service enables you to reach a large number of people with your work, even before it is officially published.

To submit your work to SSRN through the Princeton Legal Studies Research Paper Series, you must first register yourself with SSRN. To do this, go to SSRN and click on the Free Registration link on the upper left-hand corner of the page (above the sign-in blocks). The SSRN website will walk you through how to register from there.

After you are registered, you should submit the paper to us at LAPA. To submit a paper, please send it as an email attachment to In the body of the email, please include the following:

  1. An abstract of the article.
  2. Information about publication status of the article - published, accepted for publication, conference paper, working paper - along with the name of the journal or book where the piece will be or has been published.
  3. Your affiliation with Princeton (title, department, faculty, fellow, visitor, etc.).

If you have already submitted the paper in another way to SSRN, all you have to do is to provide the full citation of that paper as well as the way you want to be listed as affiliated with Princeton. There is no need to attach the paper since it is already in the system.

Liman Fellowship

Undergraduate and graduate students alike are encouraged to apply to the Liman Fellowship. The fellowship provides a stipend for students to spend a summer doing an internship with a public interest law organization. Typically, two graduate students and four undergraduate students at Princeton are selected for the award. For further information, visit LAPA's Liman Fellowship page.


LAPA often has access to information about interdisciplinary legal studies jobs, fellowships and funding opportunities. Most listings come in the fall for fall deadlines. While we post these to the LEGS list, we will also list active jobs here to make sure that students can find them again.

Opportunities Outside Princeton

LAPA likes to keep the Princeton community in touch with what is happening in law outside of Princeton. See our Opportunities page for more information about conferences, prizes, jobs, funding opportunities, special issues of journals, and new datasets in law.

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