Faculty Engagement at the Annual Meeting – Annual Meeting

Faculty engagement is at the heart of the AALS Annual Meeting. The Association is committed to ensuring the active engagement of diverse faculty, on a wide range of topics, using a variety of methods. This document provides a summary of the main ways that faculty members can engage in the meeting.

There are two primary ways to participate: submitting proposals through an AALS Section (who organize 75 percent of Annual Meeting programs), or submitting proposals as an individual faculty member. Each type of programming is detailed below.

If you have lingering questions, we encourage you to contact AALS staff.


Programming Sponsored by AALS Sections

Sections play a critical role in developing the Annual Meeting: 75 percent of Annual Meeting programs are organized by Sections. Each Section has the discretion to design a program that meets the needs of its members, and may have unique requirements for participation. The best way to get involved is to be an active member of a section. Joining is simple: just click here.

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Individual Faculty Programming Submissions

Outside of Sections, faculty can engage in the Annual Meeting via open submission programs and Arc of Career Programs. Both are discussed in more detail below.

Programs may be proposed by full-time faculty members or administrators at AALS Member or Fee-Paid law schools. International faculty, visiting faculty (who do not retain a permanent affiliation at another law school), graduate students, and non-law school faculty are not eligible to submit proposals but may serve as presenters.

Program organizers should take the AALS core value of diversity into account, and include junior faculty and participants who provide viewpoint diversity appropriate to the program, and reflect a variety of law schools.

Open Submission Programs

There are four types of open submission programs:

  1. Open Source
  2. Discussion Groups
  3. Symposium
  4. Hot Topics

Option 1: Open Source

These are traditional scholarly programs. Diverse topics are encouraged. For example: programming on a specific body of work, such as “Author Meets Reader” to discuss a significant new book; a “Living Legend” program that focuses on the overall work of an established scholarly figure; etc.

The AALS Program Committee solicits open source program topics early in February via a request for proposals. Faculty respond by completing the submission form found on the AALS website.

General Guidelines

  • Format: There is no set format for open source programming. While some use a traditional panel-style presentation, others have opted to use more interactive models, such as a roundtable program in which participants answer a series of questions posed by the moderator and the audience. AALS encourages faculty to be innovative in their proposals.
  • Length: Each program is allotted 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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Submission dates and the submission form will be posted on the Annual Meeting site each February. Questions may be directed to AALS Open Source.

Option 2: Discussion Groups

Option 3: Symposium

Option 4: Hot Topics


Arc of Career Programming

AALS Arc of Career Committee organizes programming at the Annual Meeting to address a broad spectrum of issues related to the professional careers of law faculty and administrators. Prior topics include sessions on joining law school administration, career issues for post-tenured faculty, building and sustaining academic communities, preparing for life beyond the legal academy, and retirement.

Arc of Career General Guidelines