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Society for Empirical Legal Studies

The Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) is an international organization of scholars interested in empirical legal studies. The Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (JELS) is the official SELS journal. Every year, SELS sponsors The Conference on Empirical Legal Studies (CELS).

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

Become a Member of 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 cost is $70 ($25 or $35 for students).

SELS Board of Directors:

David S. Abrams
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Jennifer H. Arlen
New York University Law School

Bernard S. Black
Northwestern University Law School

Pauline Kim
Washington University in St. Louis Law School

Theodore Eisenberg
Cornell Law School

Valerie P. Hans
Cornell Law School

Michael Heise
Cornell Law School

Daniel E. Ho
Stanford Law School

Geoffrey P. Miller
New York University Law School

Anne Joseph O'Connell
University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School

Theodore W. Ruger
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Eric Talley
University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School

Tess Wilkinson-Ryan
University of Pennsylvania Law School