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Center for Legislative Studies

Center for Legislative Studies (CLS)

Established in 1997, the Center for Legislative Studies is housed within the Department of Political Science.

It operates within the context of a dynamic educational environment that encourages research, teaching, and community service. The Center for Legislative Studies has three primary goals:

  • To advance leading edge research on the study of legislatures in established and emerging democracies;
  • To integrate research, teaching, and policy application; and
  • To engage and advance the economic, cultural, civic, and political life of southeastern Massachusetts, other domestic communities, and our global community.

The Center for Legislative Studies earned national recognition in 1998. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) selected it as one of a hundred examples of effective programs at public four-year colleges and universities. AASCU, a Washington based higher education association of more than 425 public colleges and universities across the United States, released Commitment and Success: A Compendium of Best Practices at AASCU Institutions at its annual meeting. This publication provides examples of programs that illustrate how many state colleges and universities have responded to the calls from policy makers and others for more efficiency and accountability. The Center for Legislative Studies was highlighted in the Communications/Advocacy category.


The Center for Legislative Studies shares partnership with organizations in the U.S. and overseas. More+

Community Service

The Center sponsors a number of activities to strengthen relationships between citizens and elected representatives. More+

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The Center for Legislative Studies has held "Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings" exhibit. More+