The Journal of Law and Society is Established
Publishing just two issues in its first year, the Journal was launched under its original title, The British Journal of Law and Society, which was ultimately replaced by the Journal of Law and Society in 1982.
The Growth of the Journal
As its reputation grows within academia and legal practice, the Journal expands in both size and frequency, increasing to three and then quickly to four issues per year.
The JLS Board
The editorial board has expanded rapidly since its early days, but it has always retained a strong representation from Cardiff Law School. Left to right, back row, Derek Morgan, Mike Levi, Philip Thomas, Penny Smith, Clive Unsworth, front row, Richard Lewis, Phil Fennell, David Burnet, Pauline McDonald.
20 years of the JLS
After two decades, the Journal provides a key indication of how socio-legal scholarship developed between the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s. With increasing prominence of contributions on the theory and history of law, a wider range of “core” topics such as land, regulation, commercial, and intellectual property, the Journal demonstrates a steady growth in the breadth of topics that are beginning to be addressed from a socio-legal perspective.
Launch of the Big Books Series
The Big Book Series provides contributions from notable authors that speak to major books that influenced them during their career. It began with an article contributed by Stewart Macauley, entitled Crime and Custom in Business Society.
An Increasingly International Journal
With a growing shift from physical to online subscriptions, the Journal grows in prominence around the globe, with over half of its downloaders currently based overseas and a rapid increase in Journal contributions from outside the UK.
The Centre of Law and Society is established
The Centre of Law and Society established a transnational research hub bringing together a diverse community of legal scholars, social and political scientists. Often working closely with the Journal, the Centre sponsors and promotes a number of research streams consisting of lectures, conferences, seminars, and postgraduate workshops to promote research excellence in socio-legal studies and sociology of law.