Although they all share a common commitment to developing theoretical and empirical understandings of law, our members have a wide range of specific interests and academic frameworks. This includes:
- Contextualizing the place of law in relation to other social institutions and considering law in the context of broad social theories.
- Understanding legal decision-making by individuals and groups.
- Systematically studying the impact of specific reforms, compliance with tax laws, the criminal justice system, dispute processing, the functioning of juries, globalization of law, and the many roles played by various types of lawyers.
- Describing legal systems and identifying and explaining patterns of behavior.
- Using the operations of law as a perspective for understanding ideology, culture, identity, and social life.
In pursuit of our core vision, the Law and Society Association is committed to: