Programming FAQ - Annual Meeting

What do the different types of sessions/programs mean?

Planned by the 107 AALS Sections AALS Section Programs – Most programs at the Annual Meeting are planned by the sections.  The majority are 100 minutes in length. There are some extended programs with multiple sessions can last a whole morning and/or afternoon.
  • Section Call for Papers Programs include at least one presenter selected from a call for papers.
  • Section Co-Sponsored Programs are organized by two or more Sections that do hold other programs.
  • Section Joint Programs are planned cooperatively between two or more Sections, and Sections participating in a joint program do not typically plan a separate independent program
  • Section Pedagogy Programs are designed for new law school teachers.
  • Section Works-in-Progress are programs in which senior scholars assist junior scholars in preparing their scholarship for submission to law reviews.
Selected by the AALS Program Committee:
  • Discussion Groups are unique programs in which a small group of discussants selected in advance by the Annual Meeting Program Committee (by invitation or selected from a call for participation) conduct focused discussion on a specific topic. There will be limited seating for audience members to observe on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Hot Topic Programs are programs with late-breaking issues of general interest.
  • Open Source Programs are traditional scholarly programs that do not fit into any of the other program categories.
  • Symposia are half-day or day-long opportunities to examine a specific issue topic in greater depth than is possible during a regular panel program.
Selected by the AALS Committee on Arc of Career Programs:
  • Arc of Career programs are specifically designed to help law faculty with professional development over the course of their law school careers from pre-tenure, to reinvention at mid-career, to retirement.