Law ‘And’, Law ‘In’, Law ‘As’: The Definition, Rejection and Recuperation of the Socio-Legal Enterprise

Law In Context, Vol.29, No.2, 2013, pp.137-163

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2013-157

29 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2013  

Christopher Tomlins

University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program

Date Written: November 21, 2013

Abstract

The critical moment in socio-legal studies that flowered in the United States and elsewhere between the mid-1970s and the early 1990s coincided with the maturation of the Legal Studies Department at Melbourne’s La Trobe University. During its two-decade span (1972-1994) La Trobe Legal Studies developed multidisciplinary critical and theoretical perspectives on law – as substance, as professional practice, as field of academic inquiry – to an extent and depth unrivalled in Australia or, with just a few exceptions, internationally. This essay charts the particular trajectory followed by one of those perspectives, legal history, both at La Trobe and in the wider world. Simultaneously, it offers a short history of the Department itself: of its growth during the 1970s and 1980s; of its transformation into a law school during the 1990s; and of the struggles to maintain a place for the social in the legal that occurred during that transformation.

Suggested Citation

Tomlins, Christopher, Law ‘And’, Law ‘In’, Law ‘As’: The Definition, Rejection and Recuperation of the Socio-Legal Enterprise (November 21, 2013). Law In Context, Vol.29, No.2, 2013, pp.137-163; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2013-157. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2358081

Christopher Lawrence Tomlins (Contact Author)

University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program ( email )

Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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