“Finding Your Footing, Building Your Standing, & Challenging What’s Expected”

The Law and Society Association (LSA) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Graduate Student & Early Career Workshop, in summer 2022. The two-part workshop will convene first in late June, and then on July 12 immediately preceding the Global Meeting on Law & Society in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Deadline for Applications for 2022 Has Now Passed


We welcome applications from students currently enrolled in graduate/doctoral programs in the social sciences, humanities, and law, as well as early career scholars who received their highest degree after 1 May 2019, including post-doctoral fellows, adjunct faculty, and pre-tenure faculty. Especially where career breaks exist due to family obligations, eligibility will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as representation of the Global South are priorities for the workshop. 


The goal of this workshop is to provide a safe and welcoming space for mentoring and peer mentoring among a diverse group of early career law and society scholars. The LSA seeks to build intellectual community among each new generation of law and society scholars and to promote constructive dialogue about research projects. 


The workshop will be divided into two parts: 

Part I: Between June 27- 30, Zoom: Small group meetings to workshop papers Participants will be assigned to small groups, each with a faculty mentor, and meet with that group virtually. The focus of the group meeting will be giving and receiving feedback on participants’ scholarly papers. This will involve a 3-4 hour commitment on one day in late June; the exact date will be selected by each group of participants. 

Part II: Tues. July 12, Lisbon/Online: Professional development sessions and networking Participants will attend sessions on professionalization topics, such as applying for jobs and publishing in academic journals; some of these sessions will be streamed online. Participants in Lisbon also will participate in interactive activities, including meals, that encourage networking and informal discussion. 

Each participant will be required to circulate to their small group members, in early June, a draft of a paper, chapter, or proposal/prospectus on which they wish to receive feedback from other participants. For Part I, participants should be prepared to engage in intensive discussion of their own paper and the papers of their other group members. Throughout Parts I and II of the workshop, we hope to expose participants to diverse styles, theoretical innovations, and international publishing practices in law and society. 


LSA will provide flat amounts of $750 US for participants who travel to the workshop in Lisbon. LSA is currently working on securing additional funding for participants to apply for on a need basis. To the extent LSA is able to secure additional funding, priority will be given to those traveling from outside the United States, Canada, and Europe. For those attending Part II in person, the cost of meals at the workshop will be paid for by LSA. We hope all participants will register separately for and attend the LSA Annual Meeting. 


Applications are due November 17, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by January 21, 2022. 


In addition to completing the online application form, please combine the following three documents, in the following order, into a single PDF file. Submit all documents in English and label the attachment as “Last Name 2022.pdf.”

Letter of interest (1 page) describing your research interests, current career stage (including year in graduate school/faculty position), career goals, and what you hope to get out of and contribute to the workshop. Please also indicate whether you are a member of LSA, an LSA Collaborative Research Network (CRN), an organization that is co-sponsoring the Lisbon meeting, and/or a member of an International Research Collaborative (IRC).

Abstract (1 page) of your draft paper, chapter, or proposal/prospectus on which you wish to receive feedback from other participants. The abstract should describe the research question(s), theoretical framework, methods & data sources, and contribution to the field.

Curriculum vitae/resume


Ellen Berrey
University of Toronto (Canada)

Shauhin Talesh
University of California, Irvine (USA)

Liora Israel
Centre Maurice Halbwachs, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, (France)

Takeshi Akiba
Waseda University (Japan)

Andy Baer
University of Alabama at Birmingham (USA)

Jothie Rajah
American Bar Foundation (USA)

Sara Ross
Dalhousie University (Canada)

Matthew Shaw
University of Vanderbilt (USA)

Bryan Sykes
University of California, Irvine (USA)

Co-Sponsoring Organizations

The 2022 Global Meeting on Law & Society is organized in partnership between LSA and other sociolegal associations around the world

Click Here to view the full list of co-sponsoring organizations!

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