The Stanford Program in Law and Society is a student-run program aimed at promoting and advancing socio-legal interdisciplinary scholarship. This Program showcases Stanford Law School’s leading Law and Society research, and raises awareness of Law and Society as a rigorous discipline in the analysis of law in the broader societal context. It regularly features speakers and conferences, workshops and fellowships, and provides mentorship for young scholars in SLS Law-and-Society-oriented academic programs such as JD/PhD in Sociology, SPILS and JSD.
Third Conference for Junior Researchers
The Impact of Law on Behavior
Assuming that traditionally law was created, and intended, to guide and shape behavior, we seek to understand to what extent it actually does so. What are the aspirational impacts of law on people’s behavior and what are the empirical facts of these impacts on the ground? How do people react or fail to react to law, the legal system, or legal actors? How are people’s behaviors transformed with the introduction of new laws? Are behaviors influenced by the enforcement or lack of enforcement of existing legal rules, or by the ways legal actors interpret and apply those rules? How do different social groups behave under similar legal rules?