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Graduate Students

The CLSA values graduate student participation in Association activities and conferences. There are two Graduate Student Representatives on the Board of Directors. Graduate students from any academic discipline who are engaged in socio-legal scholarship are warmly encouraged to participate in the CLSA annual meeting, to present papers and chair panels at the annual Conference, and to submit articles to the Canadian Journal of Law and Society.

The CLSA Graduate Students have their own facebook page where more information of relevance to the CLSA's Graduate Student members can be found:
There are two Graduate Student Representatives on the board. One rep is elected each year for a two-year term. With financial assistance from the Association the grad reps organize a social event during the CLSA annual meeting exclusively for grad students and plan and organize workshops on issues of particular concern to graduate students, such as how to give effective conference presentations; how, where and when to publish; and academic job hunting. Suggestions for upcoming workshops are welcomed at

Funding Procedure for the Annual Conference

The CLSA has a limited amount of funding to cover graduate student travel to the annual meeting. Funding is provided after the conference. In order to be eligible for funding, graduate students must be members of the CLSA, and they must submit their original receipts and boarding passes/tickets with their application. The deadline for submission is the next August 1 after the conference. The amount of funding varies from year to year and depends on how many graduate students apply. The CLSA's funding is unlikely to cover all expenses and graduate students are encouraged to seek alternative sources of funding.

Graduate Student Essay Prize

The Roderick A. Macdonald Graduate Student Essay prize is awarded annually for the best essay on a topic in law and society written by a graduate student at a Canadian university. For further information or to make a nomination, contact the CLSA at