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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 $73 ($26 or $37 for students).

SELS Board of Directors:

David S. Abrams
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Jennifer H. Arlen
New York University Law School

Adam B. Badawi
Washington University in St. Louis Law School

Stuart M. Benjamin
Duke University School of Law

Bernard S. Black
Northwestern University Law School 

Guy-Uriel Charles
Duke University School of Law

Dawn Chutkow (ex officio)
Cornell Law School

Christoph Engel
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods

Michael Frakes
Northwestern University Law School 

Valerie Hans
Cornell Law School

Michael Heise
Cornell Law School

Daniel E. Ho
Stanford Law School

Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff
Washington University in St. Louis Law School

Pauline Kim
Washington University in St. Louis Law School

Robert J. MacCoun
Stanford Law School

Mathew D. McCubbins
Duke University School of Law 

Jeffrey J. Rachlinski
Cornell Law School

Jed Stiglitz
Cornell Law School

Eric L. Talley
Columbia Law School

Kathryn Zeiler
Boston University School of Law