Law Program in Modern Thought and Literature


As an interdisciplinary doctoral program, MTL attracts students who are interested in studying topics in legal humanities. The joint degree program provides an opportunity for students to develop deep expertise combining study in one or more humanities or humanistic social sciences discipline with law, providing strong preparation for academic, business, law, or public policy positions relating to both fields.

Course Requirements

Broad pieces of each curriculum are relevant to the other field. The Law School shall approve courses from the MTL student’s interdisciplinary program of study that may count towards the J.D degree, and the Program in MTL hall approve courses from the Law School that may count toward the Ph.D. degree in Modern Thought and Literature. In either case, approval may consist of a list of applicable to all joint degree students or may be tailored to each individual student’s program.

Note to applicants: The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program awards full funding to Stanford graduate students from all disciplines, with additional opportunities for leadership training and collaboration across fields. Joint Degree applicants are encouraged to apply to the KnightHennessy Scholars Program.  Please be aware that the Knight-Hennessy Scholars applications are due in early Autumn one year prior to enrollment. View dates and deadlines:


Birthright Citizenship Is Not an Open Question

Bernadette Meyler

  • Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law
  • Professor, by courtesy, English
  • Associate Dean for Research and Intellectual Life