The centre has contributed at the highest levels to socio-legal knowledge and policy development.


The Centre for the Study of Law in Society (CLIS) is the focal point for socio-legal research at the University of Sheffield.

Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property

23-24 May 2016 A two day workshop bringing together experts in communal property.

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Outstanding academic honoured with National Teaching Fellowship

Claire McGourlay, Professor of Legal Education at the University’s School of Law, is one of 55 academics from across the UK to be chosen by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) to receive a National Teaching Fellowship.

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About the centre

CLIS promotes and showcases the socio-legal research of the School and fosters the dissemination of that research into non-academic environments.

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CLIS event in Sheffield City Centre

Our research

As a multi-disciplinary research network, CLIS undertakes theoretical and applied work, and adopts a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Examples of expertise> Our projects>
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Study with us

The centre is linked to our research degrees and our LLM courses.

Our research degrees>
PGR student