Programming FAQ – Annual Meeting

What do the different types of sessions/programs mean?

AALS Section Programs (75% of Annual Meeting sessions) –Most of these programs are 95 minutes long, though some extended programs with multiple sessions can last a whole morning and/or afternoon.

  • Call for Papers Programs include at least one presenter selected based on a call for papers.
  • Joint Programs are organized by two or more Sections that do not hold any other programs.
  • Co-Sponsored Programs are organized by two or more Sections that do hold other programs.
  • 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 (25% of Annual Meeting sessions):

  • Academy Programs are traditional scholarly programs that do not fit into any of the other program categories.
  • Discussion Groups are unique programs in which a small group of discussants selected in advance by the Annual Meeting Program Committee (via invitation or selection 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 include late-breaking issues of general interest.
  • 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.
  • 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. They are selected by the AALS Task Force on Professional Development.