Professional Development Workshops

The Junior Scholars Workshop encourages graduate students (including advanced law students), post-doctoral fellows, and assistant professors (or other pre-tenure faculty) to move their research and writing toward law-and-society topics and to further develop their awareness of the field and the scholars working in those areas. The Workshop is structured around small-group discussions of participants’ research, professional development panels, and networking opportunities.

“The Early Career Workshop was a wonderful way to meet others in a friendly yet committed environment. It stimulated in-depth discussions about work-in-progress and helped improving projects. It was also something of a support group for young people entering legal academia and interested in law and society, and as such it had offered some mentorship by senior scholars, lots of good advice and indispensable information.” ~ Sharon S.

"Our small group discussions were definitely the highlight for me. Our facilitator was superb, giving us all insightful comments on our work and prodding us to develop our thinking in ways we had not envisioned, but also keeping a very open space for discussion within the group, making sure we all participated and felt able to do so. All in all, it was a wonderful experience in every way." ~ J.R.

“In the hectic first years of one's career, the ECW is like a professional booster shot. The EWC was a golden opportunity to interact with other junior faculty with a passion for law and society scholarship. I am still in touch with the colleagues from my group and we continue to exchange feedback on article drafts.” ~ Annie H.

ecw The workshop will invite participants to consider the kinds of sociolegal research projects members of the Law and Society Association are involved in. For those trained as lawyers, social science may seem a bit daunting. For those trained in one social science, methodologies from other fields may seem foreign. But for all concerned, seeing how these various methods are used by socio-legal scholars will be edifying and productive. The sessions will be animated by intellectually broad questions such as:
• What are the intellectual approaches and analytical trends that shape the pursuit of certain kinds of sociolegal inquiries?
• If discussions of methodology in law are usually empirical, what does a critical inquiry into methodology of sociolegal research entail?

Needed for application:

  1. Application form
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. A 1-2 page letter describing the applicant’s research interests (including an in-progress paper, chapter, or proposal/prospectus, a draft of which they would like to present at the workshop), current status in the applicant’s career stage (i.e., current stage in graduate school, duration of post-doc, year as faculty), and how attending the Workshop will benefit the applicant.
Please submit your applications by January 15, 2019.