Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Law and Literature Lecture

The Law and Literature Lecture is a tradition that was developed in conjunction with Loyola's "Great Books" Seminar. The "Great Books" Seminar was established to provide an opportunity for law students to discuss law-related literature with the faculty and staff. Opportunities for first-year and upper-level students to become involved in the program range from reading classic to modern works of literature.

This unique lecture series has attracted a distinguished and varied group of speakers. Every year, a literary scholar lectures on a book or article in the field of law and literature. The main lecture usually is followed by a response panel composed of faculty members from the law school and other university departments. The interdisciplinary series offers students, alumni, faculty, and staff a unique perspective on the issues and personalities of the law.

Each year, the Law and Literature Lecture has attracted nationally recognized scholars. Through their lectures, the following scholars have provided a diverse examination of law in literature.


26th Annual Law & Literature Lecture Series - Shakespeare and the Law

Macbeth: Overleaping Ambition

Monday, September 29 - 5 PM

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago 

The Wall Street Journal has called Writers Theatre "the best drama company in the nation." Join Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and actors from Writers Theatre for a remarkable look at selected scenes from Macbeth. The performance will be followed by a lively dialogue and a reception.  This year's program is made possible by the generous support of Loyola law alumna Randy Lamm Berlin.  RSVP: lawandliterature@luc.edu

Michael Halberstam is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Writers Theatre. He has directed over thirty productions for the company. He has also directed at Lincoln Center, San Jose Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, and Northlight Theatre, among others. In 2010, he received the Zelda Fichandler Award from the Society of Directors and Choreographers, the 2013 Artistic Achievement Award from the League of Chicago Theatres and was named Best Chicagoan in Theatre by the Chicago Tribune.  He is currently overseeing plans for a new $31,000,000 Jeanne Gang-designed theatre in Glencoe.