Law & Social Inquiry

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Edited By: Edited by Christopher W. Schmidt. Review Section Editor: Howard S. Erlanger

Impact Factor: 0.641

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 72/143 (Law)

Online ISSN: 1747-4469


Aims and Scope

Law & Social Inquiry (LSI) is a multidisciplinary quarterly that publishes original research articles and wide-ranging review essays that contribute to the understanding of sociolegal processes.  Law & Social Inquiry’s combination of empirical and theoretical research with critique and appraisal of the sociolegal field make the journal an indispensable source for the latest research and commentary.  Law & Social Inquiry’s ambit spans law and sociology, economics, political science, social psychology, history, philosophy and other social science and humanities disciplines.  The journal publishes a remarkable range of scholarship on specific topics in law and society, including but not limited to law, legal institutions, the legal profession, and legal processes.

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