The DePaul University College of Law Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies is dedicated to the Advancement of Multi-Disciplinary Jewish Education from a Broad Spectrum of Perspectives

"Then those who revere God spoke to one another, and God listened and took note."
(Malachi 3:16)

About the Center:

JLJS is dedicated to promoting multi-disciplinary education in Jewish law, philosophy, theology, history, and culture among members of the bar, the academy, the greater Chicagoland Jewish community, and all others who are sincerely interested in what Judaism has to say about issues of critical contemporary significance.


  • To educate Jews and non-Jews about the genius and continued relevance of Jewish law and ethics to contemporary times.
  • To offer continuing legal education in areas of law that intersect with Jewish concerns.
  • To advance the academic study of Judaism.


JLJS reflects the diverse education and experience of its two co-directors. Before joining the DePaul faculty, Professor Steven Resnicoff studied for a number of years in a traditional yeshiva and received an advanced Orthodox rabbinic ordination from the late sage, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, of blessed memory. Professor Roberta Kwall, has extensive ties to the Conservative and traditional communities in Chicago and elsewhere and self-denominates as "post-denominational." Together, they bring a deep passion for Judaism and over 45 years of experience as professors at DePaul University College of law.

The breadth of insights and experiences that JLJS programming examines is also reflected by the wide spectrum of perspectives among the women and men composing its Professional Advisory Board. DePaul University and its College of Law are historically known for welcoming Jewish applicants as well as applicants from all ethnic, minority and religious groups. With the support of the College of Law, JLJS aspires to become a major force in Jewish legal education in the Chicago area and throughout the United States.

Center for Jewish & Judaic Studies