Sessions Information

  • January 8, 2016
    10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    Session Type: AALS Crosscutting Programs
    Session Capacity: 198
    Hotel: New York Hilton Midtown
    Room: Sutton Center
    Floor: Second Floor
    This roundtable discussion explores the potential for interdisciplinary design to improve legal institutions and education. In recent years, the push toward interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching has grown stronger in the legal academy, but there has been little quality control over what constitutes “interdisciplinary.” Determining exactly what makes a project interdisciplinary is not self-evident, and sometimes, rather than by careful design and methodology, haphazard projects are self-deemed “interdisciplinary” merely because ideas, methods, or models are imported from other fields of study. Sometimes, however, this is done with little mastery in field, or worse, the inability to use knowledge effectively due to a lack of training in that very field.
    Against this existential backdrop, this roundtable discussion explores how interdisciplinary approaches can be applied to improve the law as well as legal scholarship and education. It builds from the premise that understanding law is inextricable from understanding individuals, institutions, and society, and that all are critical to the project of legal reform. The discussion will focus on gender studies, psychology, ritual theory, and modes of studying law through multiple subject areas.
Session Speakers
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Moderator and Speaker

Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Session Fees
  • 5195 Crosscutting Program - Reforming Law, Scholarship and Pedagogy by Disciplinary Design: $0.00