The University of Massachusetts Amherst


The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is proud to be affiliated with a variety of interdisciplinary organizations that further the bounds of research and scholarship in the social sciences. 

Affiliated Organizations

Law and Society Association

The Law and Society Association at UMass AmherstThe Law and Society Association (LSA) is an interdisciplinary scholarly organization committed to social scientific, interpretive, and historical analyses of  law across multiple social contexts. For sociolegal scholars, law is not only the words of official documents. Law also can be found in the diverse understandings and practices of people interacting within domains that law governs, in the claims that people make for legal redress of injustices, and in the coercive power exercised to enforce lawful order. Sociolegal scholars also address evasions of law, resistance and defiance toward law, and alternatives to law in structuring social relations.

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