Mission Statement

The American Society for Legal History is dedicated to enriching the field of legal history though the scholarly study of the role of law across time, around the world, and with a wide variety of methods. To that end, we facilitate, edit and help to fund publications, organize an annual meeting, and sponsor programs, grants, prizes, and fellowships. Our members are scholars from many disciplines, professions, and countries; our meetings, book series, and journal are committed to a world-wide focus and reach.

We are committed to fostering innovative scholarship, promoting inclusive membership, and cultivating new generations of legal historians. Mentorship and constructive engagement are key elements of every young scholar’s career. We support programs that – in addition to welcoming new participants to our annual meetings — create smaller and more focused venues where junior scholars may develop their skills, seek opportunities for career-building publications, interact with senior scholars, and meet peers from around the world with whom they will collaborate throughout their careers. These initiatives contribute to the development of the field and the growth of the Society.