Submit a Program Proposal – Annual Meeting

Faculty engagement is at the heart of the AALS Annual 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.

The 2020 theme is “Pillars of Democracy: Law, Representation, and Knowledge.” We encourage program organizers to consider the theme in framing their proposals, but it is not a requirement for submission or selection.

Download the  2020 Submission Timeline

Questions may be directed to 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 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 (closed April 12)
  2. Discussion Groups (closed April 12)
  3. Symposium (closed May 10)
  4. Hot Topics (due October 18)

Option 1: 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