Interdisciplinary Networks

The Law and Society Association works with the scholarly community toward the interdisciplinary development of the field of sociolegal studies. The structure and traditions of universities often make interdisciplinary study of areas or problems difficult to realize. In each traditional discipline, scholars have their own priorities, assumptions and methods. Many journals publish "normal science" and hesitate to print articles that cross, enlarge, or challenge disciplinary boundaries and forge new areas of inquiry. Even scholars working within the same discipline face similar problems. They often experience difficulty finding and maintaining contact with those who have similar interests at other institutions. The Law and Society Association exists to overcome these barriers and to enable the growth and integration of the social study of law. As part of this effort the Association has encouraged the creation of Collaborative Research Networks (CRNs) to organize theme sessions for the annual meetings and develop cross-disciplinary/cross-national research projects. Several have become autonomous networks of scholars with web-based communication throughout the year. Individuals interested in information or in joining one of the CRNs should contact their organizers.

The Association is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), a collaboration of over sixty humanities and social science organizations for "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among national societies devoted to such studies."

The Association is a member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), which represents the discipline and the interests of the membership before Congress and government agencies on issues important to research, scholarship and related educational concerns. LSA also seeks to work with public and private foundations that fund research in the law and society area and has, itself, received several grants to help develop the field of sociolegal studies.