Journal of Empirical Legal Studies

Cover image for Vol. 11 Issue 3

Edited By: Valerie P. Hans, Michael Heise, Jeffrey J. Rachlinski, Stewart J. Schwab, and Martin T. Wells

Online ISSN: 1740-1461

Society Information


The Society for Empirical Legal Studies

The Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) is an international organization of scholars interested in empirical legal studies, and the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (JELS) is the official SELS journal.

SELS exists to
• Encourage and develop empirical and experimental scholarship on legal issues
• Stimulate ongoing conversations among scholars in law, economics, political science, criminology, finance, psychology, sociology, health care, and other disciplines
• Convene an annual conference of scholars on empirical legal studies

Join the Society for Empirical Legal Studies

To join the Society for Empirical Legal Studies, please click here.  You join the Society by subscribing to the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.  Those who subscribe automatically become members of the Society, and the only way to become a member of the Society is by subscribing to the journal.  Membership and subscription costs $60.00 ($25 or $35 for students).       

Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies

Each year the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) convenes the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS) designed to present empirical and experimental scholarship on legal issues. CELS brings together scholars in law, economics, political science, criminology, finance, psychology, sociology, health care, and a wide range of other disciplines. JELS publishes an annual conference issue, with papers drawn from the current CELS conference. Information on the Society for Empirical Legal Studies and the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies can be found on the SELS website: http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/SELS/


The SELS Board of Directors consists of:
Jennifer Arlen (NYU Law School)
Bernard Black (University of Texas Law School)
Shari Seidman Diamond (Northwestern University Law School)
Theodore Eisenberg (Cornell Law School)
Valerie Hans (Cornell Law School)
Michael Heise (Cornell Law School)
Daniel Ho (Stanford Law School)
Daniel Klerman (USC Gould School of Law)
Mathew McCubbins (University of California San Diego & University of Southern California)
Geoffrey Miller (NYU Law School)
Roberta Romano (Yale Law School)
E
ric Talley (UC Berkeley School of Law)


History of CELS Conferences

The First Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies was held at the University of Texas, School of Law in 2006. Selected papers presented at the first conference were published in Volume 4, issue 4 of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jels.2007.4.issue-4/issuetoc

The Second Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies was held at the NYU School of Law in 2007. Selected papers presented at the second conference were published in Volume 5, issue 4 of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.

The Third Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies was held at Cornell University Law School in 2008. Selected papers presented at the third conference were published in Volume 6 of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.

The Fourth Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies was held at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2009. Selected papers presented at the fourth conference will be published in Volume 7 of  the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies.

The Fifth Annual Conference was held at the Yale Law School on November 5-6, 2010.

The Sixth Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies was held in Chicago at Northwestern University School of Law on Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5, 2011.

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