The American Society for Legal History was founded in 1956 to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the broad field of legal history. Although based in the United States, its purview and membership are international in scope.
The Society sponsors a quarterly journal, the Law and History Review, and a book series, Studies in Legal History, both of which are published for the Society by Cambridge University Press. The Society holds its Annual Meeting each fall. The meeting is an opportunity for historians, law professors, graduate students, lawyers, and judges from around the world to gather and meet fellow travelers and to present and discuss their scholarship. At the meeting, the Society confers a number of prizes and research fellowships to recognize the best recent scholarship in the field and to encourage promising younger scholars. The Society also sponsors H-Law, an online discussion network hosted through H-Net, which promotes the discussion of issues relating to teaching and research in the history of all legal traditions. The American Society for Legal History is a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.