The American Society for Legal History was founded in 1956 to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the broad field of legal history.  Although based in the United States, its purview and membership are international in scope.  The Society sponsors a quarterly journal, the Law and History Review, and a book series, Studies in Legal History, both of which are published for the Society by Cambridge University Press.  The Society holds its Annual Meeting each fall. 

Law and History Review

Law and History Review is America's leading legal history journal, encompassing American, European, and ancient legal history issues. The journal's purpose is to further research in the fields of the social history of law and the history of legal ideas and institutions. LHR features articles, essays, commentaries by international authorities, and reviews of important books on legal history.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

The Society confers a number of honors, awards, prizes, and research fellowships.

48th Annual Meeting

The Program Committee invites proposals for complete panels and individual papers. Panels and papers on any facet or period of legal history from anywhere in the world are welcome. We also welcome any other form of structured presentation to fill a 90-minute slot. Additionally, we are seeking proposals for full-day or half-day pre-conference symposia crafted around related themes.

Contact a member services representative

Your dedicated member services representatives are based in the New York office, and are available to assist you with any membership query you may have. Please do not hesitate to reach out by phone at 800-872-7423 or by email. If you would like to schedule a time for us to call you at your convenience, please let us know via email.