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

*2020 Deadline Has Passed*


The Law and Society Association (LSA) is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Graduate Student & Early Career Workshop, May 26-27, 2020 in Denver, Colorado (USA). The workshop immediately precedes the LSA Annual Meeting. Please read through the details below and fill out the form at the bottom of this page. 


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 May 1, 2018, including post-doctoral fellows, adjunct faculty, and pre-tenure faculty. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are necessary to research excellence and, especially where career breaks exist due to family obligations, eligibility will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


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 intensive format requires each participant to arrive prepared to give and receive feedback. The program will consist of professional development sessions; small groups discussing your research, teaching, or other professional work; and informal discussions over meals and breaks. We hope to expose participants to diverse styles, theoretical innovations, and international publishing practices in law and society.



LSA will offer flat stipends of USD 300 for participants traveling within North America, and USD 650 for participants traveling to the workshop from outside North America. Food at the workshop is covered. We hope all participants will register separately for and attend the LSA Annual Meeting. Because the workshop is funded by LSA dues, current LSA members may have priority in the selection process.



Applications are due December 16, 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by February 15, 2020. In addition to completing the online application form (available upon submission), 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 2020.pdf.”

  •  Letter of interest (1 page) describing your research interests, current career stage (including year in graduate school/faculty position), career goals, what you hope to get out of and contribute to the workshop, and whether you are currently a member of the LSA.
  • 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 (maximum 2-3 pages)



Mark Fathi Massoud, University of California, Santa Cruz (USA); Michelle McKinley, University of Oregon (USA); Sindiso Mnisi Weeks, University of Massachusetts-Boston (USA); Kelley Moult, University of Cape Town (South Africa); Ashley Rubin, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (USA), Dee Smythe, University of Cape Town (South Africa).


Direct enquiries to Melissa King,

Law and Society Association

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

240 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003