The Law and Society Association was founded in 1964 by Professors Harry Ball, Robert Yegge, and Richard Schwartz. Professor Ball became the first President of LSA and Professor Schwartz served as the first editor of the Association’s journal, the Law & Society Review.
With help from a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation, the first issue of the Review appeared in November 1966. For its first decade, LSA meetings were held in conjunction with the meetings of other major disciplinary associations. The LSA held its first stand-alone national meeting in Buffalo, New York in 1975 and its first annual meeting three years later in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Executive Office of LSA began at the University of Denver in 1971 before moving to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1987 and then the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 2012. The Executive Office returned to the campus of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2018.