The Law and Society Association



The Law and Society Association, founded in 1964, is a group of scholars from many fields and countries, interested in the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life. Members bring training in law, sociology, political science, psychology, anthropology, economics, and history as well as in other related areas to the study of sociolegal phenomena. Among its activities, the Association publishes the Law & Society Review, sponsors annual conferences and educational workshops, and fosters the development of academic programs.


Annual Meeting
July 25-28, 2007
Location: Berlin, Germany

The Law and Society Review

The Law & Society Review, published by Blackwell Publishing, is distributed to the Association's 1,500 members as part of their membership and to more than 1,300 libraries by subscription worldwide. The Review is a peer-reviewed publication for work bearing on the relationship between society and the legal process, including articles or notes of interest to the research community in general, new theoretical developments, results of empirical studies, and reviews and comments on the field or its methods of inquiry.  The Editorial Office can be contacted by phone at 608-262-8555 or by fax at 608-262-5486.

Law and Society Association Newsletter

The Association publishes a newsletter three times a year to inform members about the operations of the Association and developments in the field. It conveys information about the annual meeting, elections of officers, the work of committees, professional awards, and the like. In addition, it notifies members of opportunities for research funding, Association educational programs, and conferences of related groups. As of July, 2003, the Newsletter is distributed to members only as electronic copies. Notices and information appropriate for publication in the Newsletter should be sent to

[email protected]

Deadlines for successive issues are the end of the months of February (for March publication), June (for July publication), and October (for November publication).



Harry J. Kalven Jr. Prize
The Harry J. Kalven, Jr. Prize is awarded annually (biennially prior to 1999) by the Law and Society Association for "empirical scholarship that has contributed most effectively to the advancement of research in law and society." It is not a book prize, but is given in recognition of a body of scholarly work. Neither is it a career achievement award, however, at least some portion of the work for which the award is given should have been completed within the past few years. The prize is a cash award of $500 and appropriate recognition of the recipient(s) during the Association's Annual Meeting. Calls for nominations for the prize are announced in the Fall Newsletter.  


Executive Offices: 205 Hampshire House,
University of Massachusetts,
131 County Circle, Amherst, MA 01003-9257 U.S.A.

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