Workshops, Seminars, and Working Groups

United States

  • Legal History Colloquium, New York University Law School Annual series of workshops for research in progress, including 2-3 annual Samuel Golieb Fellows, who are either completing graduate work in legal history, or recent recipients of the Ph.D.
  • Legal History Forum, Yale Law School
    Annual series of work-in progress workshops by both junior and senior scholars.
  • Institute for Legal Studies, University of Wisconsin Law School
    Interdisciplinary center for the study of law and society, overseeing a variety of workshops, lectures, and related events, and offering a range of courses for undergraduates and law students.
  • Program in Legal History, University of Illinois College of Law
    Annual series of three to six presentations in legal history, mostly by invited visiting scholars, and mostly in the field of British or American legal history.
  • Chicago Legal History Seminar, American Bar Foundation and Kent School of Law
    Monthly series of presentations of works-in-progress within the field of legal history, broadly construed, primarily by scholars resident in the Chicago area.
  • Law and History Program, Columbia University.
    Annual series of presentations, mostly by visiting legal historians, along with a more informal set of workshops for and discussions of work-in-progress by graduate students and resident faculty.
  • Center for Chinese Legal Studies, Columbia University
    Offers a wide range of courses on Chinese law and Chinese legal history, including a Chinese legal history colloquium and a course in Chinese law and society.
  • Law and History Workshop, Harvard Law School
    The law and history workshop “is intended to facilitate interaction and scholarship about law and history among interested faculty and students.” Part of Harvard Law's “Law and History” program of study
  • Legal History Workshop, University of Michigan Law School
    Workshop featuring presentations by leading scholars from around the United States. Presentations explore “a range of substantive and methodological questions arising in the course of legal-historical work.”
  • Program on Legal and Constitutional History, University of Virginia Law School
    Monthly legal history workshop for presentation of work-in-progress by legal historians and students in Virginia’s JD-MA joint degree program, and the Colloquium in American Legal History, in which a law school classes discusses recent work in legal history with the authors.
  • Program in Law and History, University of Minnesota
    One of several institutes within the University of Minnesota Law School, the program offers a regular workshop series and an annual fellowship.
  • Legal History Workshop, Stanford Law School
    A lecture series in which “faculty and students from both the Law School and the History Department can discuss some of the best work now being done in the field of legal history.” An invited speaker gives lectures every other week. Offered as a first-year J.D. seminar course.
  • Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California-Berkeley
    Weekly interdisciplinary speaker series featuring scholars based in law schools, and social science and humanities departments, including a number of historians.
  • The Center for Law and History, Washington and Lee
    Annual series of workshops for visiting scholars who present work-in-progress, as well as two annual lectures by eminent legal historians.
  • Center for Law, History, and Culture, University of Southern California
    Annual series of biweekly workshops, mostly for visiting scholars, who present research-in-progress.  Also sponsors lectures and occasional conferences.
  • Law Workshops, University of Chicago Law School
    Several annual workshop series on significant themes in legal studies and legal history. Topics include International and Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Law and Economics, and “Crime and Punishment.” American Legal History has been consolidated into the “Public Law and Legal Theory” workshop.
  • Symposium on Comparative Early Modern Legal History, Newberry Library
    Annual one-day conference exploring the legal history of the early modern world.
  • Clark Legal History Workshop, Boston University Law School
    Lecture series in which distinguished historians of law give a lecture on campus. Open to the BU community and the general public.

Outside the United States

  • Osgoode Society Legal History Workshop, University of Toronto
    Informal evening lecture series in legal history which is open to the public. Participants include graduate students and faculty from the University of Toronto, York, McMaster, and other institutions, as well as law students and lawyers.
  • Max-Planck-Institute for European Legal History
  • Yigal Arnon & Co. Workshop for Legal History, Tel Aviv University
    Regular workshops of research-in-progress in legal history, with participation by Israeli and non-Israeli legal historians.
  • History and the Law, University of Cambridge
    Working group for scholars of law and history affiliated with the Centre for History and Economics. In addition to a workshop series, workshop participates have curated some digital resources in legal history, including recorded interviews with legal historians, a research network, and articles on working with legal sources.
  • Ghent Institute for Legal History, Ghent University Faculty of Law
    Association of faculty and students in legal theory and legal history. Organizes conferences, holds “causerieën’ or roundtable talks, and publishes a monthly electronic periodical. Faculty strengths in medieval, early modern, and contemporary developments in Belgian law. In Dutch and English.
  • Daniel Jacobson Jerusalem Workshop in Legal History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Workshop series featuring lectures by notable legal historians from both Israel and abroad.