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On this page we point to related projects and web resources, both within law and social science – and more generally within the expanding group of academics who are trying to make scholarship more accessible to the public, to journalists, and to policymakers. **PLEASE EMAIL US AT newlegalrealism@gmail.com if you have a project that you think would be appropriate for listing on this page**

Sociolegal Studies and General Social Science

In February of 2014, a column by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times complained that professors do not make their knowledge publicly available enough. In the avalanche of responses from academics, we at the New Legal Realism Project learned of many other efforts to reach out beyond disciplinary boundaries. We decided to use our Resources page to collect and connect some of these projects, in addition to listing resources specifically focused on law and social science.

1. Social Science Translated for Law: For many years, the Law and Society movement has fostered a conversation between law and social science. Here we provide links to webpages for law-and-society associations. In addition, there are a number of journals devoted solely to sociolegal research- (click here to see our growing list.)

In addition, our “broad tent” group of New Legal Realists acknowledges connections with a number of approaches to studying law and society, beyond our touchstone in the law-and-society movement -- including pragmatism, the “law-in-action” approach, the microanalysis of institutions, Eugen Ehrlich’s “living law,” the empirical legal studies movement, and new governance.

2. Social Science Translated for Policy and the Public: There are so many great webpages and other resources appearing now in this area! Please click links to see our current list.

U.S. Social Science Associations

All of the major social sciences have their own professional associations, and most have sections specifically devoted to law; there are some associations completely devoted to the intersection of law and a particular social science: