Mission: To promote the interdisciplinary study of law, society, and legal processes, through research and teaching. The most visable aspects of the mission in action are the annual meeting, the quarterly journal publication, "law & society review", annual workshops, and doctoral fellowships.
Programs: Annual conference: provides a forum for scholars from the usa and around the world to present and discuss their research. Approximately 2,490 attended in 2017.
education and workshops: for scholars new to the field, the association organizes annual seminars to discuss research, teaching and publishing, and offers mentorship by senior scholars who volunteer their time. A residential fellowship at the american bar foundation is sponsored. In addition, a grant was provided to the tides center as fiscal sponsor of life of the law, which produces education for the general public about law through a podcast series and education for lsa conference goers about pitching one's scholarship to the mass media.
quarterly journal: the association publishes a quarterly journal, "law & society review. " work by approximately 60 authors was published in the 2016 volume, plus many more books were reviewed and scholars served as peer reviewers.
other program services include awarding prizes for outstanding achievements in scholarship, mentorship, and service; awarding grants for research and professional development to members; monitoring activities of lsa subgroups called collaborative research networks and international research collaboratives; and participating in the consortium of social science associations.