Program in Law and Social Science

Texas A&M University School of Law’s Program in Law and Social Science promotes the application of social science and empirical methods to the study of law and legal institutions. The faculty affiliated with the program use economics, psychology, political science, and other social science research and methods to analyze the legal system and public policy. Professors Nuno Garoupa, Gary Lucas and Milan Markovic are co-conveners of the Program.

 Faculty Speaker Series

The Program sponsors a speaker series that brings distinguished interdisciplinary scholars to the law school to present their work and to interact with faculty and students.

2017-18 Schedule of Speakers:

September 20

 Lawrence B. Solum

Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

February 7

 Joshua Wright

University Professor, George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

March 27

 Richard McAdams

Bernard D. Meltzer Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

 Workshop

April ​20, 2018

​In Spring 2018, the Law and Social Sciences Program is sponsoring a workshop to promote interdisciplinary legal scholarship in Texas. The workshop will bring together scholars from various disciplines, including economics, political science, and law, that hail from universities throughout the state.

Workshop event details available here

 Judicial Behavior Study Conference

Conference on Facilitating Empirical Studies of Judicial Behavior on Constitutional Courts from a Comparative Perspective
May 11-12, 2018


The Texas A&M University School of Law Program in Law and Social Science is hosting an N​ational Science Foundation (NSF)-funded conference on “Facilitating Empirical Studies of Judicial Behavior on Constitutional Courts from a Comparative Perspective” on May 11-12, 2018. The conference will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who study high courts from a comparative perspective. Our goal is to develop a path forward for larger-scale empirical research on national high courts. We hope to assemble a collection of existing data and resources, discuss strategies for extending data availability and comparability across national systems, and encourage collaborations among researchers. For more information, please contact Nuno Garoupa.

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Conference details available here