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The Socio-Legal Studies Association

Welcome to the SLSA website where you will find comprehensive information about the SLSA's aims aims and objectives. You can also find out how to join and about the many benefits of membership. There are details on all our activities including our prestigious socio-legal prizes, our research grants scheme, our seminar competition and our popular annual and postgraduate conferences.

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New membership benefit

Routledge offering 20 per cent discount for SLSA members on all law titles.

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SLSA chair and Exec

The SLSA chair is Professor Rosie Harding (pictured) of the University of Birmingham. She took up the post in April 2017. Members are invited to contact the chair or a member of the Executive Committee with their comments, suggestions and feedback. See the Exec page for details.

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Routledge law titles: 20 per cent discount for SLSA members

The SLSA is delighted to announce a partnership with Routledge to offer our members a 20 per cent discount across the complete portfolio of Routledge law books.

To take advantage of this discount, simply add the discount code SLSA8* at the checkout.

Visit the Routledge website for further details.

 

Residential Socio-Legal Masterclass for doctoral students

The Third Annual Socio-Legal Masterclass for second to fourth-year doctoral students is being held at St Catherine’s College Oxford from 3–4 September 2018. This year’s masterclass is being funded by the Oxford ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership, the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, the London School of Economics, the Journal of Law and Society and the SLSA. The theme will be ‘Researching from the bottom up’.

This event gives a small group of 20 doctoral students the opportunity to spend two days talking to established academics about a variety of methodological approaches to the study of law. The Masterclass is free for ESRC students and there are bursaries available for other students allocated on a competitive basis.

Registration

Registration is now open. Please visit the website for details.

Organisers

Organised by Linda Mulcahy, LSE, and Marina Kurkchiyan, Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.

Learned Associations' statement on SQE

Many SLSA members will be aware of the recent decision by the Legal Services Board to approve the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority’s application in relation to the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The Learned Associations in Law – the Association of Law Teachers, the Society of Legal Scholars and the Socio-Legal Studies Association, as well as the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools – have issued a clarifying statement highlighting that this does not mean the SQE itself has been approved.

The statement is available here.

SLSA Nominations of Panel Members for REF 2021

Members of the REF2021 expert panels will be appointed through a nominations process. As an association with a clear interest in the conduct, quality, funding and wider benefits of publicly-funded research, the SLSA has been invited to nominate individuals for panel membership.

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The funding bodies are seeking nominations of candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, institution types and geographical region. They particularly welcome nominations of candidates from groups previously under-represented on assessment panels, including women, people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, and disabled people.

The funding bodies are seeking nominations for candidates to be:

  • additional main panel members (with expertise in leading, commissioning or making use of interdisciplinary research, leading research internationally, or senior level experience in the commissioning, use or wider benefits of research)
  • sub-panel members and assessors (including practising researchers, individuals with expertise in commissioning, applying or making use of research, and interdisciplinary advisers).

When making nominations the SLSA are required to submit a range of information about each nominated individual. We are also required to consider equality and diversity issues and report on how we have taken these into account in our nominations process.

Whilst many of our members are likely to have research submitted to the Law sub-panel (UoA 18), we are aware that there are socio-legal scholars whose research is more likely to be returned to other, allied panels, including UoA 20 (Social Work and Social Policy) and UoA 21 (Sociology). We will consider nominations across these disciplinary boundaries as appropriate.

The SLSA Executive Committee have established the following REF2021 Nominations Process:

  • Any person seeking nomination from the SLSA to any of the REF2021 expert panels outlined above must submit an expression of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Wednesday 29 November 2017.
  • Expressions of interest must include all of the required information for the nomination form (Annex E, Nomination Information). Please note that nominations cannot be considered without this information.
  • Anyone expressing an interest in nomination should also ensure that they have read the information about the roles and workload implications in the ‘Roles and recruitment of expert panels’ (REF 2017/03) document.

Following receipt of expressions of interest in nomination, the SLSA Executive Committee will consider all expressions of interest. Final nomination decisions will be made bearing in mind the need to consider and nominate a wide range of individuals from across the diversity of the socio-legal research community.

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